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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 / 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.”


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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 82 24 43 16 67
P. Elias 65 18 35 -4 53
T. Zajac 80 18 30 3 48
A. Henrique 77 25 18 3 43
M. Zidlicky 81 12 30 -3 42
M. Ryder 82 18 16 -6 34
A. Greene 82 8 24 3 32
E. Gelinas 60 7 22 -3 29
D. Zubrus 82 13 13 1 26
R. Clowe 43 7 19 -10 26
 
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C. Schneider 16 15 12 .921 1.97
M. Brodeur 19 14 6 .901 2.51

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