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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
Devils take Quenneville with first-round pick



 
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.”


SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 75 16 27 -6 43
M. Cammalleri 68 27 15 2 42
P. Elias 69 13 21 -20 34
S. Gomez 58 7 27 -10 34
S. Bernier 67 16 16 2 32
T. Zajac 74 11 14 -3 25
A. Larsson 64 3 21 2 24
A. Greene 82 3 19 1 22
E. Gelinas 61 6 13 -2 19
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 31 9 .925 2.26
K. Kinkaid 6 5 4 .915 2.59