The 2020 NHL Draft begins tomorrow. Chicago owns the 17th overall selection in the first round. Over the past eight days we have discussed the following players:
Let’s now turn our attention to the OHL.
5-11 / 176 pounds
Ottawa 67s (OHL)
Ranked #16 by ELITEPROSPECTS.COM
Ranked #20 by FUTURE CONSIDERATIONS
Ranked #10 by ISS HOCKEY
Ranked #6 by TSN/CRAIG BUTTON
Ranked #10 by MCKEEN’S HOCKEY
Ranked #7 by NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING (NA Skaters)
Ranked #11 by CONSOLIDATED RANKING
Ranked #10 by TSN/McKenzie
From Corey Pronman (The Athletic):
Overall: #16 prospect
Puck Skills: 65
Physical Game: 45
Hockey Sense: 60
Quinn had a massive 18-year-old season in the OHL, scoring 50 goals as a leading player on the best CHL team and breaking out into a legitimate top prospect. He scored a ton of goals, but I wouldn’t really call him an elite sniper. Rather Quinn is just a super skilled and smart player who scored a lot of goals around the net. He has very quick twitch hands and the ability to embarrass defenders 1-on-1. He sees the ice at a top-end level even though he didn’t have nearly as many assists as goals. It’s not just his vision, but his overall creativity and patience. He often saw plays on the ice that I couldn’t see materialize. The main reason for his sudden rise in stock was the continued improvement in his skating. It’s not a strength of his, it’s no longer a weakness, but it will be his main hurdle for the NHL level. Quinn is solid off the puck, playing PK for Ottawa, although I wouldn’t call him a physical player.
Andre Tourigny, coach of the Ottawa 67’s, on Quinn: “He has a lot of skill. He has great hockey sense, he’s smooth, he can shoot it, and competes away from the puck.
Quinn’s skating drastically improved between his first and second OHL season. He is much faster and has better acceleration and this has made him far more dangerous. They now rate as good to very good. His edgework and agility have also improved. Combining these skills, Quinn is able to make quick moves on the defence, and once he gets by them he can accelerate to the net. He is also stronger on his skates, with better balance, and the ability to fight through checks and get to the front of the net. This also helps him to win battles on the boards. This is an aspect of his game that should continue to improve as he matures and becomes stronger in his lower body.
Quinn is a sniper who can score in a variety of ways. He has an excellent wrist shot and a quick release. He often uses his quick hands to pull off a toe-drag just before shooting, varying his release point and creating issues for goalies. Quinn can also score with a snapshot, one-timer, and even on the backhand. He is also good in close to the net, with the quick hands to pounce on a rebound, bang in a pass from a teammate, and tip in a shot. Quinn has the smarts to find the open spaces in the defence and get open for that pass from a teammate.
While mainly a goal-scorer, Quinn has become a more complete player as the season has gone on. He has become a better playmaker, showing off his vision and passing skills. He has also worked to become better on the boards, winning battles and creating more scoring opportunities. With his improved stickhandling and skating ability, Quinn has become much better at maintaining possession and working the puck in the cycle game. He shows high-end hockey IQ as he often makes the smart pass with the puck on his stick. Once he moves the puck, he finds open space for a give-and-go.
Quinn is a hard worker who brings that effort and energy to all three zones. While he is not going to throw huge hits, he is willing to engage physically and battles for loose pucks. He effectively brings backpressure to support the defence against the transition game. Quinn has an active stick and works well at cutting down passing and shooting lanes. He is not afraid to put his body on the line to block a shot. His smart positioning has made him an effective penalty killer. He also brings the threat of offence. Once a turnover is created he is quick to get out in transition to create a scoring chance.
Projection and Comparison
Quinn’s goal-scoring ability, hard work, and effective two-way game give him the ability to become a top-line winger if he develops to his full potential. He could still get stronger and continue to improve on his skating so further development time is required. One more year at the OHL level, and perhaps a chance to compete in the World Juniors is on the horizon. Quinn’s game is reminiscent of Mark Stone of the Vegas Golden Knights, but this is a stylistic comparison only and not one based on talent or ability.