After Jan Mysak was taken with the most recent pick in our Community Draft Board we have another highly-touted OHL forward in Jack Quinn going 16th overall. The Canadian right winger just barely missed the cut for the 2019 NHL Entry Draft and benefitted from playing alongside anticipated top-ten pick Marco Rossi last season, but his shot and hockey IQ make him a worthwhile first-round pick for whoever ends up taking him. With a strong desire from the fanbase to add goal scorers into the system, could general manager Chuck Fletcher try to make a move for the skater that posted 52 goals in 62 contests last year?
BSH 2020 Community Draft Board, No. 16: Jack Quinn
Team: Ottawa 67’s (OHL)
Statistics: 52 goals, 37 assists in 62 games
No. 7 (NA skaters) by NHL Central Scouting
No. 20 by Future Considerations
No. 10 by ISS Hockey
No. 15 by Wheeler/The Athletic
What’s there to like?
A lot. Quinn is considered a two-way forward with a good shot and better hands who always positions himself well in the offensive zone. Quinn’s hockey IQ and agility help him to create a lot of open space and make him a reliable choice for the Ottawa 67’s coaching staff to throw over the boards in all situations. He scored a ton of goals last season without an elite shot, as his ability to work around defenders and cerebral play set him up for opportunities routinely. It also doesn’t hurt that his skating went from lacking to a plus this season, which may have helped him earn the honor of being voted the most improved player in the Eastern Conference in 2019-20 by OHL coaches (he also finished third in the Eastern Conference in the categories of ‘best shot’ and ‘most dangerous in goal area’).
What’s not to like?
Although there isn’t too much to dislike in terms of his actual play, two things that might hurt him in terms of when he’ll be drafted are his late birthday and the fact he played alongside Marco Rossi, who will be going very high in next week’s draft. With a birthday on September 19th Quinn just made the cutoff for this draft and not the 2019 draft, which some might use as a knock against him since he’s older than most of the other skaters entering their first NHL Entry Draft. As for Rossi he posted 39 goals and 81 helpers for 120 points in just 56 games, which leads to the obvious question of how much of Quinn’s production was his skill or Rossi’s work. There are times these can be legitimate knocks against a player, but neither of these concerns should keep a team from picking the right winger. On top of his 52-goal campaign in 2019-20 Quinn provided 38 goals in 30 U-15 AA tilts in 2015-16 and 28 goals (as well as 52 points) in 45 U-18 AAA contests the following season. That’s a pretty good sign Rossi only helped Quinn last year rather than spoon fed him points by the handful and that he’s not only capitalizing off younger competition.
How would he fit in the Flyers’ system?
No team can ever have too many prospects in the pipeline who are regarded as goal scorers. Although he isn’t regarded as a sniper (which is what the prospect pool is missing) and the Flyers already have a few other goal scorers working their ways up the ranks Philly shouldn’t hesitate to grab Quinn if he’s still available at 23. In fact if Fletcher were to select him Quinn might already jump to the top of the pipeline in terms of goal-scoring capabilities. The Orange and Black have a couple dynamic playmakers and a few guys that could become goal scorers at the next level, so adding a surefire future professional goal scorer to the mix is a no-brainer.
Could the Flyers actually get him?
Probably not. The majority of mock drafts and experts have him going in the middle of the first round with the right winger even going as high as 11th overall to the Nashville Predators. Each year at the draft players will fall further than expected, but it’s hard to envision a skilled forward that been on the rise like Quinn falling much farther than the middle of the first round. Quinn also feels like the type of player that if he were to start falling a bit to the late teens some general manager would be willing to pony up an expensive package to jump up to take him. That could be Fletcher, but it doesn’t feel as though it’d be in this draft for this player.
We’ll make two additions to the poll:
Dylan Holloway - C/LW, University of Wisconsin (NCAA) - 8 G, 9 A in 35 GP
‘The University of Wisconsin forward — he missed the 2019 draft by eight days and was one of the youngest players in the NCAA this season — is quite an athletic teenager. Even though he doesn’t have the biggest frame, at somewhere in the neighborhood of six feet and 190 pounds, he plays an impressive power game. He uses his strong upper body to gain inside position on defenders, win board battles, protect the puck from stick checks and to get some heaviness behind his shot. It’s his lower-body strength, though, that is the most impressive. He generates some excellent power from his skating stride, providing him with explosiveness in his first few steps and a great top gear. He has a lot of natural quickness to his movement as well, which can catch opponents off guard. He’s not exactly the most agile guy and he could use his edges better at times, but when you put all his physical tools together he’s very hard to contain, whether that’s while moving in a mostly straight line in transition or when working a cycle down low. There aren’t many other forwards in this draft who are quite as effective both on the rush and in the cycle.’ — Defending Big D
Rodion Amirov - LW, Salavat Yulaev Ufa (KHL)/Toros Neftekamsk (VHL) - 2 G, 2 A in 7 GP and 1 G, 1 A in 3 GP
‘Despite his small stature, Amirov is a strong player who is hard to knock off the puck. He has a solid center of gravity and isn’t afraid to get physical. He doesn’t shy away from board battles and is usually successful in winning more than he loses due to his balance. He is a very smart player who can influence the pace of play in all three zones of the ice.
Amirov is a great skater and can easily identify the best possible play when he has the puck. He is aware of where all his teammates are in the offensive zone and is equally able to put the puck in the net or to set up a play. He is an all situation type of player as he showed promise as a power-play producer and his defensive awareness could make him a asset on the penalty kill.’ — Copper and Blue
2020 BSH Community Draft Board
- Alexis Lafreniere — LW, Rimouski (QMJHL)
- Quinton Byfield — C, Sudbury (OHL)
- Marco Rossi — C, Ottawa (OHL)
- Tim Stützle — LW/C, Manheim (DEL)
- Cole Perfetti — LW/C, Saginaw (OHL)
- Lucas Raymond — RW, Frölunda (SHL)
- Jamie Drysdale — D, Erie (OHL)
- Alexander Holtz — LW/RW, Djurgardens (SHL)
- Yaroslav Askarov — G, SKA (KHL)
- Anton Lundell — C, HIFK (Liiga)
- Connor Zary — C, Kamloops (WHL)
- Seth Jarvis — RW/C, Portland (WHL)
- Jake Sanderson — D, USNTDP (USHL)
- Noel Gunler — RW/LW, Lulea (SHL)
- Jan Mysak — C, Hamilton (OHL)
- Jack Quinn --- RW, Ottawa (OHL)
Please use your vote below to answer the following question: If all of the players listed were available when the Flyers were on the clock, who would you want them to pick?
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