The Devils Select… John Quenneville
With the 30th overall selection in the 2014 NHL Draft, the New Jersey Devils selected John Quenneville, an 18 year old two-way center who’s 6’0” 182 pounds and is from Edmonton Alberta.
If the name sounds familiar to you it’s because there are some other Quenneville’s in the NHL! I’m sure the one that first comes to mind is Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville, he is John’s second cousin. Already there is a winning attitude around this kid! John’s older brother, Peter, was selected 195th overall in the 2013 NHL draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets, and his younger brother, David, made his WHL debut this season. By marriage, John’s uncle is also Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk, not a bad family to be a part of!
Here’s what Devils Director of Scouting David Conte had to say about Quenneville in a press release on the Devils website: “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.”
On the same press release here’s what NHL Central Scouting’s David Gregory had to say: “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.”
There you have it, some very high praise for the newest Devil, and at the young age of 18 it sounds like this kid can truly reach a superstar level. You can never have enough big, smart, point accumulating centers and the Devils may have truly found a gem here. Only real question left to ask is, can he score in the shootout?