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Devils take Quenneville in first round

Two-way center models game after Dallas' Jamie Benn

Saturday, 06.28.2014 / 2:45 AM ET / Draft
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Devils take Quenneville in first round



 
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."

Player Profile
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.

NHL.com Analysis

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.”


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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 52 39 9 4 171 117 82
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
5 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
6 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
12 OTT 55 25 24 6 154 169 56
13 PHI 52 23 20 9 122 137 55
14 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
15 CBJ 55 21 28 6 137 170 48
16 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
L. Stempniak 55 15 25 6 40
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
A. Henrique 53 18 18 14 36
K. Palmieri 55 20 15 3 35
T. Zajac 47 8 18 7 26
D. Schlemko 47 6 9 -8 15
A. Larsson 55 2 11 12 13
D. Severson 51 1 12 -1 13
A. Greene 55 4 6 2 10
J. Josefson 44 3 7 -14 10
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 24 16 6 .930 2.01
K. Kinkaid 3 5 1 .909 2.52
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