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#361 HellOnICE

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 11:12 PM

I hope Lemieux drops to us again, but not holding my breath.


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Posted 27 June 2014 - 11:22 PM

Interesting draft. I loved Bettman teasing the Flyer fans. He really owned them when he went to announce that trade. "I might have a trade? Oh now the booing stops."

 

The Islanders actually acquired the Rangers pick from the Lightning. I like what they did. Snow's comment. Wow. Got full draft coverage on the blog. Put up a post on your pick John Quenneville and found a highlight.


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Posted 27 June 2014 - 11:38 PM

Decent motor, poor skating skills, good offensive skills but inconsistent. Considering that Lemiux was available, this was a subpar selection. If we're lucky, he'll amount to a poor man's Travis Zajac

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 11:42 PM

Decent motor, poor skating skills, good offensive skills but inconsistent. Considering that Lemiux was available, this was a subpar selection. If we're lucky, he'll amount to a poor man's Travis Zajac

Please break down for me why Lemeiux is better than Quenneville based on what you actually know. And being Claude's son doesn't count. G'head, I'll wait.
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Posted 27 June 2014 - 11:53 PM

Here's TG's write-up: http://www.northjers...h.FwWHMc1w.dpuf
The Devils kept it in the family at the NHL Draft – again.

Two years after selecting Stefan Matteau, son of former Ranger Stephane Matteau, with their first-round pick, and one year after drafting Anthony Brodeur, the son of their longtime goaltender Martin Brodeur, with their seventh-round pick, they went with another player with NHL bloodlines, grabbing Brandon Wheat Kings center John Quenneville.

The Devils took Quenneville, the second cousin of former Devils defenseman and current Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville, with the 30th and final pick of the first round Friday night at Wells Fargo Center.

“I couldn’t believe it,” John Quenneville said of hearing Devils director of scouting David Conte announce the pick. “I was just so relieved to be drafted and be part of an organization. I’m just happy. It’s a great moment for me and just to see my family as happy as they are is special for me and I’ll never forget this moment.”

A 6-foot, 182-pound Edmonton, Alberta native, Quenneville had 25 goals and 33 assists in 61 games with Brandon this past season. He was ranked 23rd among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting.

General manager Lou Lamoriello compared him to Devils center Adam Henrique.

“David really liked him,” Lamoriello said. “He’s sort of an Adam Henrique type of player. He can play in all situations. We’re very happy. We were picking at 30.”

Lamoriello said the Devils had Quenneville rated higher than that. They sweated out the final few picks before they selected hoping that no other team would take him.

“This was a draft that you didn’t know what was going to happen as far as what players would be available [when the Devils picked],” Lamoriello said. “David and our scouts did a great job.”

Quenneville compared his game to that of Dallas’ Jamie Benn.

“I like to play a simple game,” Quenneville said. “When I watch the Devils play I think I see that. I’m a two-way player and I like to chip in offensively. I think I can fit into the way they play.”

Joel Quenneville, now 55, played 74 games for the Devils in their inaugural season in New Jersey of 1982-83. John Quenneville said he knew “nothing” about his second cousin’s history with the team.

“I better study up,” he said.

In addition, Quenneville’s uncle by marriage is Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk. His older brother, Peter, was drafted 195th overall by Columbus in 2013 and his younger brother, David, played in the WHL this past season with Medicine Hat.

Quenneville believes his strong hockey family background has contributed to his development.

“I have a lot of support behind me and it helped me become the player I am and I’m just happy,” he said.

“With his family, he’s a quality, quality kid,” Lamoriello said. “That’s a prerequisite.”

Quenneville met with the Devils at the draft combine in Toronto last month, but he didn’t know if they would pick him.

“You’re not sure,” he said. “You just hope.”

Quenneville said he has “never been to Jersey” before.

“This is my first time on this coast around here,” he said. “I’m excited.”
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Posted 27 June 2014 - 11:55 PM

Please break down for me why Lemeiux is better than Quenneville based on what you actually know. And being Claude's son doesn't count. G'head, I'll wait.


Because we already have plenty of these types of players on the team (i.e. Matteau, Zajac). He'll be another interchangeable forward. I liked Lemiux's feistiness, it's something this team is lacking.If not Lemiux, even Point would have been a better selection. But go ahead and bash anyone who disagrees with the Infallible Lou. Carry on....
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Posted 27 June 2014 - 11:59 PM

Because we already have plenty of these types of players on the team (i.e. Matteau, Zajac). He'll be another interchangeable forward. I liked Lemiux's feistiness, it's something this team is lacking.If not Lemiux, even Point would have been a better selection. But go ahead and bash anyone who disagrees with the Infallible Lou. Carry on....

Sure. I'm sure you of all people wouldn't have complained no matter who the pick was. Righty-o. Lemeiux's 'feistiness' right? Quenneville had 5 fighting majors last year just so you know. Sounds plenty 'fiesty' to me. Bottom line is certain people live to complain. It is what it is...
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Posted 28 June 2014 - 12:02 AM

I feel like Quenneville has a good shot at being a solid NHL player. It's a "safe" pick, if there is such a thing (meaning not so much of a boom-or-bust type). I was surprised/disappointed that they passed on Barbashev, seeing as he seems like a high-end talent guy who has the work ethic and the defensive game necessary to fit the Devils' system. I have a feeling the Devils were all set to pick Kempe until LA got up there, too.

 

It's a bit disappointing that the Devils didn't take a chance on someone who may have a higher ceiling, but I guess that's what they'll use with their 41st pick (hopefully).

 

We still have Barbashev, Kamenev, Karlsson, Point and Lemieux on the board. Here's to hoping that at least one of those guys is still available at 41...and that the Devils are not afraid of Russians. I bet Barbashev is gone by 33, though.

 

I think we'll like Quenneville. It just seems disappointing since he was not a guy we were all expecting.


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Posted 28 June 2014 - 12:24 AM

Sure. I'm sure you of all people wouldn't have complained no matter who the pick was. Righty-o. Lemeiux's 'feistiness' right? Quenneville had 5 fighting majors last year just so you know. Sounds plenty 'fiesty' to me. Bottom line is certain people live to complain. It is what it is...

 

This is what line he'll be on in the future. Besides Lemieux, Point and Barbashev were still around, but alas Lou sticks with his choices of "character." That's why we're stuck with Sal and Gionta. Character doesn't necessarily mean talent.


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Posted 28 June 2014 - 12:32 AM

This is what line he'll be on in the future. Besides Lemieux, Point and Barbashev were still around, but alas Lou sticks with his choices of "character." That's why we're stuck with Sal and Gionta. Character doesn't necessarily mean talent.

Ok, well talk to me in 5 years on that one. I love how you say he's going to be a 4th liner, even though I'm willing to bet you probably haven't watched too many Brandon Wheat Kings games. Adam Henrique was a 3rd round pick. No one knows. This is why its not even worth getting too high or too low about a draft pick. Its a crapshoot and always will be.
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Posted 28 June 2014 - 12:37 AM

Are you really arguing against Quenneville's talent by saying we should have drafted Lemieux? Lemieux would be much more of a "character" pick than Quenneville.


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Posted 28 June 2014 - 12:57 AM

You have no idea what he'll turn into . Looking for something to complain about it seems..

This is what line he'll be on in the future. Besides Lemieux, Point and Barbashev were still around, but alas Lou sticks with his choices of "character." That's why we're stuck with Sal and Gionta. Character doesn't necessarily mean talent.


Edited by CarterforPresident, 28 June 2014 - 12:57 AM.

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Posted 28 June 2014 - 01:17 AM

Quenneville seems like a relatively safe pick? I was hoping for a player with more risk but also more upside offensively (no I have no idea who that would be).

 

Edit: this is pretty baffling.

 

 

“Certainly our scouts have seen him a lot. They saw him in the Memorial Cup,” general manager Lou Lamoriello said. 

 

Quenneville never played in the Memorial Cup. 


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Posted 28 June 2014 - 04:24 AM

Shame that Schmaltz, Bleackley, Scherbak, Goldobin, and Ho-Sang were all off the board but I'm satisfied with the Quenneville selection. Hoping they can still get one of Point/Barbashev/Lemieux at 41. I'm too tired to look up who else may be there for that pick.

 

Barbashev was ranked: Central Scouting 18th (NA Skaters), ISS  19th, McKenzie 23rd, Button 14th, Hockey Prospect 13th, Future Considerations 16th, Draft Buzz 13th. He's averaging 1.12 Pts/GP in 116 games for his QMJHL career. Had an impressive 76.6% EV Point Share this past season. Wonder how far he slips?

I'd love for Point to slip to 41. That would be a no-brainer for me to take him if he was available there. Would've been taken already if not for his height. Wouldn't mind Lemieux at 41 either but would take Point or Barbashev before him.


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Posted 28 June 2014 - 06:32 AM

Quenneville seems like a relatively safe pick? I was hoping for a player with more risk but also more upside offensively (no I have no idea who that would be).

 

Edit: this is pretty baffling.

 

Quenneville never played in the Memorial Cup. 

That is pretty weird.  That's going to get filed under "Check topic in 2 years." when he actually starts to lose it. Doesn't Quenneville have really good numbers for the playoff games he has been to.  He'll have another year in juniors most likely.  Models his game after Anze Kopitar?  Doesn't mean a whole lot, but that's a great player to want to emulate. He had 13 points in 9 playoff games.  He sounds like a Briere-playoff type.  Good hands, hard shot, good motor, could be a powerplay specialist if he grows more. I like the pick, would have liked Lemieux more I think. 

Point, maybe....I'm praying for Lemieux, maybe Lou sees him like Max Domi and just isn't interested.  I'd love Anton Karlsson, Point, or Lemieux, I'm praying that that one of those 3 are there after 11 picks.


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Posted 28 June 2014 - 09:04 AM

Barbashev seems like an exciting player, but every year I pin my hopes on a specific pick, and it never happens (for good or bad). The draft is a roller coaster of hope and disappointment. I think 2003 is the only year I was super psyched afterwards with the Parise pick.

 

Hopes were pinned on these guys previously:

 

2013: Lindholm (picked a few spots ahead of our traded pick)

2012: Nicolas Kerdiles (Matteau)

2011: Gabriel Landeskog (picked 2 spots before Larsson)

2010: Justin Faulk (picked 1 spot ahead of Merrill)

2009: Kyle Palmieri, John Moore, or Jordan Schroeder (Josefson). Schroeder is kind of a bust at this point.

2008: John Carlson (we picked Tedenby. Still disappointed about not grabbing Carlson)


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Posted 28 June 2014 - 09:07 AM

Quenneville seems like a relatively safe pick? I was hoping for a player with more risk but also more upside offensively (no I have no idea who that would be).

Edit: this is pretty baffling.

Quenneville never played in the Memorial Cup.

Pretty sure Lou just meant the post-season.
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Posted 28 June 2014 - 09:10 AM

I hope Lemieux drops to us again, but not holding my breath.

And that's that.


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Posted 28 June 2014 - 09:11 AM

yeah, that was quick. hopefully we can move on now.


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Posted 28 June 2014 - 09:11 AM

From what little I know, I still wanted Lemieux over Quenneville


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