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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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Palmieri 82 30 27 3 57
A. Henrique 80 30 20 10 50
T. Zajac 74 14 28 3 42
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
D. Severson 72 1 20 -8 21
R. Boucher 39 8 11 -13 19
D. Schlemko 67 6 13 -22 19
J. Moore 73 4 15 -12 19
A. Larsson 82 3 15 15 18
J. Blandisi 41 5 12 -14 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 27 25 6 .924 2.15
K. Kinkaid 9 9 1 .904 2.81
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