With the No. 14 overall pick, the Edmonton Oilers select… Jack Quinn?

Leading up to the NHL draft, I’ll be profiling 10 players who the Oilers could consider taking with the No. 14 pick. Today, we have Jack Quinn. 

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When I looked at the state of the Oilers’ farm system over the weekend, I noted that one area of weakness is the organization’s lack of potentially game-changing forwards.

Kailer Yamamoto graduated last year and became a much-needed winger in Edmonton’s top-six, finding incredible chemistry alongside Leon Draisaitl. Beyond him, though, the list of good wingers is short. Tyler Benson should soon make the jump to the NHL and Rafael Lavoie boasts an interesting skillset, but this is an area of need for the Oilers.

Thankfully, the 2020 draft boasts a wealth of high-quality forwards who should be available when the Oilers come to the podium with the No. 14 pick. One really interesting name is Jack Quinn, a late-bloomer who exploded with a 52-goal season for the Ottawa 67s last season.

Jack Quinn

Date of Birth: Sept 19, 2001

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Country: Canada

Position: Right Wing

Height: 5’11” / 180 cm

Weight: 176 lbs / 80 kg

Ranked #10 by TSN/McKenzie

“Since the snow has started to come down, Quinn has been making it melt. He’s been on a tear of late, leads the OHL in goals as of this writing and is a major reason why the 67’s are a top team right now. Quinn can certainly shoot it at a high level, but he’s also a player with a lot of skill and IQ. He can beat defenders with his hands, find teammates very well and score from a distance giving his game a lot of dimensions. The main reason for his sudden rise in prospect stock has been the continued improvement in his skating to being arguably above-average when it used to be a weakness for him. Quinn is solid off the puck, plays the penalty kill for Ottawa and is a player who coaches and scouts universally praise for all the dimensions in his game.” – Corey Pronman’s mid-season draft rankings, The Athletic

“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 Stoneof the Vegas Golden Knights, but this is a stylistic comparison only and not one based on talent or ability.” – Ben Kerr, Last Word on Hockey

Quinn is an interesting player because of how he just came out of nowhere and exploded onto the scene this season.

In 2018-19, Quinn scored 12 goals in 61 games on a very deep 67s team, which ultimately had him projected as a mid-round pick for the 2020 draft. In the off-season, Quinn apparently put significantly more effort into his off-season training regimen, allowing him to take a massive step forward as a player.

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Then, in 2019-20, Quinn broke out for 52 goals in 62 games, good for second in the OHL behind only Nick Robertson, the second-round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2019. Now Quinn is ranked as No. 6 on pre-draft lists.

There’s reason to believe that a big part of Quinn’s breakout can be credited to playing alongside Marco Rossi, one of the top prospects available in this year’s draft. But, from Edmonton’s perspective, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The Oilers need high-quality complementary players who can eventually play alongside Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl.

At a glance, Quinn seems like the perfect winger to play alongside McDavid. He has the complete offensive package as somebody who skates well, can put the puck in the net, and plays with a high IQ.

Perhaps most importantly for a McDavid winger, though, Quinn plays a very good and responsible two-way game. Given the risks McDavid takes on offence with his all-in rushes, he needs his wingers to be responsible defensively.

Quinn’s game is reminiscent of Mark Stone of the Vegas Golden Knights, who’s one of the best two-way wingers in the league. That kind of player would be a great addition to Edmonton’s top-six.

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