With the final pick in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft, the New Jersey Devils took John Quenneville with the No. 30 overall pick.
Queneville, a 6-0, 182-pound center with a left-handed shot played for Brandon of the WHL last season when hes cored 25 goals and finished fourth on the team with 58 points.
He stepped up his game in the WHL playoffs, scoring five goals and having eight assists to lead the team with 13 points in nine games. He improved his prospect ranking from 34 at midseason to a final ranking from NHL.com of 23. The Devils may have got a great value in Quenneville at No. 30.
“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.”
Quenneville is a famous name in the NHL and is the second cousin of Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville and his uncle through marriage is Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk.
He patterns his two-way game after Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar.