John Quenneville
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John Quenneville

Hometown:

Sherwood Park Alberta

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1996-04-16

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2014

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2014

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

1st round (30th overall), 2014

Weight:

185 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2010-11: John Quenneville appeared in two minor midget AAA games with the SSAC Bulldogs — skating most of the season with the SSAC Lions bantam AAA team — and played for the Edmonton South Bruins in the Alberta Cup. He scored 1 goal with 3 assists with the Bulldogs. In 33 bantam AAA games he scored 35 goals with 40 assists and had 52 penalty minutes. Quenneville had 2 assists and 6 penalty minutes in five Alberta Cup games. He was selected by Brandon in the third round (54th overall) of the 1011 WHL Bantam Draft.

2011-12: Quenneville skated in 11 junior A games with the AJHL’s Sherwood Park Crusaders alongside his older brother Peter Quenneville (CBS) and played for the midget major SSAC Athletics. He had 3 assists in nine regular season games for Sherwood Park and scored 2 goals in two playoff games. He scored 15 goals with 18 assists and had 40 penalty minutes in 30 AMHL games with the Athletics. Quenneville skated for Team Alberta in the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup; finishing with 5 assists in four games.

2012-13: Quenneville made his WHL debut as a 16-year-old — skating in 47 games for Brandon — and represented Canada Pacific in the 2013 U17 World Hockey Challenge. He scored 8 goals with 11 assists and was minus-18 with 14 penalty minutes on a Wheat Kings team that finished last in the East Division. Quenneville had no points nor penalty minutes in four games at the WHC.

2013-14: Quenneville had a breakout season in his second year with the much-improved Wheat Kings, who were leading the East Division after January before eventually finishing third. He was Brandon’s fourth-leading scorer behind Jayce Hawryluk, defenseman Ryan Pulock (NYI) and Tim McGauley despite missing 11 games. In 61 regular season games he scored 25 goals with 33 assists and was plus-3 with 71 penalty minutes. The Wheat Kings swept Regina in the first round before falling in five games to eventual Memorial Cup champion Edmonton in five games. Quenneville scored 5 goals with 8 assists and was plus-4 with 10 penalty minutes in nine playoff games. He was ranked 23rd amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by New Jersey in the first round (30th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft. 

Talent Analysis

Quenneville is a solid playmaker who is involved all over the ice. He displays patience and skill with the puck, aiming to get his teammates involved in the play. Quenneville is also quite competitive away from the puck. His strong work ethic along the boards, combined with his big frame, gives him an edge in retrieving and protecting the puck. Skating remains an area of focus, but he is very smart for his age.

Future

The centerman will look to build consistency in his offensive game this year after an erratic 2014-15 season. He is not going to be a top goal-scorer, but Quenneville has to show he can be a factor offensively to demonstrate that part of his game can transition to the pros. There are not too many questions about his play away from the puck, but a healthy season with the Brandon Wheat Kings would do him well. Quenneville still projects to be a second- or third-line center.

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