Devils take Quenneville in first round
Two-way center models game after Dallas' Jamie Benn
The Devils selected center John Quenneville with their first-round pick, 30th overall, at the 2014 NHL Draft in Philadelphia on Friday. Get to know the newest member of the team!
Devils Director of Scouting David Conte:
"We're quite satisfied we got a very complete player that's scratching the surface of his potential in John Quenneville. He plays in a very hockey-oriented town in Brandon, Manitoba, with an excellent tutelage with [Wheat Kings' head coach] Kelly McCrimmon, and a great history of players before him. We're optimistic that his development will be both positive and useful to the Devils."
In 2013-14, Quenneville finished third on the Brandon Wheat Kings with 25 goals and ranked fourth with 58 points. In the Western Hockey League playoffs, he posted a team-leading 13 points (5g-8a) in nine games, including nine points in the club’s first-round sweep of the Regina Pats.
• Quenneville comes from a hockey-rich family. His older brother, Peter, was selected 195th overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2013 NHL Draft and his younger brother, David, made his WHL debut this season with the Medicine Hat Tigers. His uncle by marriage is current Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk and his second cousin is former NHL player and current Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville.
• He was part of Team Canada’s bronze-medal winning team at the 2014 Under-18 World Championship and represented Team Pacific at the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. Quenneville also won gold with Team Alberta at the 2011 Western Canada Under-16 Challenge Cup, registering three assists in a 10-4 win over Manitoba in the gold medal game.
• He models his two-way game after Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn.
The Devils could use a consistent point-producer in their system and the 6-foot, 182-pound second cousin to Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville fits the bill. He had a tremendous second half of the season and finished with 25 goals, 58 points in 61 games. He has a pro makeup and tremendous work ethic, two traits required of a player performing for Devils GM Lou Lamoriello.
NHL Central Scouting’s David Gregory:
"He has the pro makeup and is a hard-worker. He makes good plays very quickly and is good at moving the puck. I'd like to see more consistency from him, but I like the way he finds open spaces and his ability to make any kind of pass.”