In the shadows of top Sudbury prospects Pouliot and Staal is this Prince Edward Island native who has impressed scouts at every turn and has subsequently shot up draft rankings all year. Consider the following statistic as a reason why: only one OHL player that did not play for the London Knights had a higher plus/minus rating than this young blueliner. That player was Kitchener Rangers defenseman Andre Benoit who was completing a near 300-point, five-year career from the back end. Rather lofty company for an unheralded 17-year-old.
McQuaid was a vital component of his Sudbury team by the end of the season. He thrived in a first round series against Brampton, and when he went down to injury in the second game of the club’s playoff series against the Ottawa 67’s, the Wolves never really recovered. Four games later Sudbury was out, and it was clear how much this improving blueliner meant to his club. The Wolves are a team on the rise in the OHL, and McQuaid’s stock is heading in the exact same direction.
Drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2nd round (55th overall) of the 2005 entry draft
2005-06: One of the better defensive defensemen in the OHL, 19-year-old Adam McQuaid spent the season manning the blueline for the Sudbury Wolves. Taking a regular shift with highly-touted NHL prospect Marc Staal (NYR), McQuaid turned in another strong season.
2006-07:Coming off a positive experience along the blue line with top prospect Marc Staal last season, McQuaid assumed more leadership responsibility in the defensive zone, a role which should benefit his continued progression towards the professional ranks. He set a career high in goals scored, assists and total points.
Acquired from Columbus via trade in May of 2007; signed to entry level contract
2007-08: McQuaid played for the Providence Bruins (AHL) the entire season and worked hard to become a strong presence on Providence’s blueline. He was voted the team’s Man of the Year, an award that is given to one player from each AHL team for their contributions to the community.
2008-09: McQuaid spent the season with Providence (AHL), his sophomore season with the club. In 78 appearances he netted four goals and 15 points, along with a career-high 141 penalty minutes.
2009-10: McQuad played in 32 games for the Providence Bruins, scoring 3 goals and adding 7 assists for 10 points. He also picked up 66 penalty minutes to go along with his offensive totals. McQuaid also saw his first NHL action with the Boston Bruins. In 19 NHL games, he scored 1 goal and added 21 penalty minutes. McQuaid also saw NHL playoff action, registering no points in 9 playoff games.
A stay-at-home defender with good size, McQuaid is still growing into his big frame. Even at his height, he is quite mobile, and can play in any situation. A hard worker, he has become more physical as he has gotten stronger. McQuaid generally makes good decisions on the ice and reads plays well. He is strong in his own end, particularly around the net and along the boards. Not afraid to play a rough, physical style.
Has the size and the upside to be a top-four defenseman in the NHL.