By John Vogl
Junior team: Brandon (WHL)
Born: Edmonton, Alberta
Measurables: 6-foot-1, 182 pounds
2013-14 stats: 61 games, 25 goals, 33 assists, 58 points
Central Scouting rank: No. 23 (North America)
Lowdown: The Quenneville name is recognizable to fans, and John is second cousin to Chicago coach Joel Quenneville. While the connection draws initial looks, it was John Quenneville’s rapid improvement that turned him into a potential first-round pick.
Quenneville had eight goals and 19 points during 47 games last season, but the Western Hockey League sophomore tripled those numbers this year with 25 goals, 33 assists and 58 points in 61 outings. The Wheat Kings relied on him in the playoffs, too, as Quenneville led the team with five goals and 13 points in nine games.
The power-play specialist is strong with the puck, but he needs to work on his speed. He is not afraid to mix it up, finishing second on Brandon with 71 penalty minutes, including five fighting majors.
They said it: “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.” – David Gregory, NHL Central Scouting to NHL.com.
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