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TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 13: Josh Anderson #34 of the Columbus Blue Jackets celebrates a goal with teammates Boone Jenner #38 and Brandon Dubinsky #17 against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Amalie Arena on January 13, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 13: Josh Anderson #34 of the Columbus Blue Jackets celebrates a goal with teammates Boone Jenner #38 and Brandon Dubinsky #17 against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Amalie Arena on January 13, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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Duclair is a Top Line Winger

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COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 17: Anthony Duclair (91) of the Columbus Blue Jackets looks on in the third period of a game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Buffalo Sabres on September 17, 2018 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH. The Sabres won 4-1. (Photo by Adam Lacy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

It really does hurt me to continually say this, but Artemi Panarin will likely be traded by the end of February. Say it to yourself folks, it will help ease the pain when the inevitable day comes.

And when that day does come, someone will need to step into his role as the top line winger. Anthony Duclair is playing his way into that roll. It only took him two games to move up to the second line with his speedy play and excellent playmaking.

When Panarin does get traded the team is likely going to get a top six forward back, but not a top line talent winger. That’s where the former 20 goal scorer Duclair steps in. He has the speed to keep up with PLD and Atkinson and has created a ton of offense already.

Bjorkstrand is another option at this spot but he hasn’t shown much through the first three games. The Jackets are going to place the best offseason signing of the year on the top line, and Duclair will be one of the best bang for his buck in the league by year’s end. Duclair is a top line winger for sure.

Next. Rick Nash would Ease the Pain of losing Panarin. dark

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