Rising Stars: Jack Quinn

12 goals, 20 assists, and 32 points – that’s the stat line of Jack Quinn for the Ottawa 67’s during his 61-game 2018-2019 campaign.

20 goals, 11 assists, and 31 points – that’s the stat line of Jack Quinn in his 14 games since January 1st, 2020.

Since the midway point of the 2019-2020 season, Jack Quinn has seen a meteoric rise in his draft stock and public perception. Of 20 scouts polled, Quinn began his draft season with an average rank of 80.1, with eight of those scouts having the Canadian right wing unranked. In February, Quinn now averages out from those same 20 scouts at an average rank of 26.6, placing him firmly in the 1st Round discussion in the 2020 NHL Draft. In a sea of upper-echelon prospects, Quinn has cemented himself as arguably 2020’s biggest riser as his recent play has begged the question: just how high can this kid climb?

2020 has been regarded as one of the best Canadian draft classes in recent memory and, as such, has led to Quinn being lost in the shuffle. Omitted from every Canadian national team over the past half-decade, Quinn has built his reputation purely on the back of his play for the Ottawa 67’s – the top team in the Ontario Hockey League in 2019-2020. After being selected 39th Overall in the OHL Priority Draft by Ottawa in 2017, Quinn has slowly developed and played himself into a prominent role on the 67’s, who currently sit at 39-7-0 on the season. Quinn has become a matchup nightmare for teams to deal with, as the 67’s have kept him separated from their other 2020 Draft eligible super prospect, Marco Rossi. Skating on the 2nd line at 5-on-5 with New Jersey prospect Mitchell Hoelscher as his center, Quinn has terrorized the OHL in the second half of the season, leading to a gaudy total of 41 goals and 67 points through 46 games played. At 5-on-5, Quinn has proven he can be a driving offensive force, all the while being one of the 67’s most reliable players on both special teams.

So, what makes Quinn one of the most dangerous goal scorers in the Ontario Hockey League? For starters, his shot is among the best in his age group. Quinn has the ability to score from distance with his wrist shot alone; his release is quick and allows him to pick corners on goaltenders on a moment’s notice.

In addition to quickness and accuracy, Quinn is also able to generate good power on his shot in a hurry. His shot is multi-dimensional, as he can pick corners, blow it past netminders, or finesse pucks top shelf from in tight, and in turn, it makes him a threat almost everywhere in the offensive zone.

In addition to an elite level shot, Quinn is also blessed with a very crafty set of hands. He’s a very smooth puck handler who’s able to play one-on-one against opposing defenders to open up space on the ice and create scoring opportunities. He’s able to read and react quickly to holes in the defense and find the best path the net, and his hands allow him to cut into those paths with ease.

The final key ingredient to Quinn’s cocktail is his speed and mobility. He’s a deceptively quick, speedy, and agile skater who can shift gears quickly and put defenders on edge while coming down the wing. His speed when mixed with his puck skills and lethal shot adds a dynamic quality to Quinn’s game as it allows him to change a game with one rush down the ice, creating offensive opportunities for both himself and his teammates.

It’s difficult to teach the primary skills that Quinn possesses, and where he’s shown the most growth in his game from his rookie season in the OHL is in his ability to read the play in both zones. Quinn is adept at finding soft spots on the ice in the offensive zone and, in turn, allows him to be in position for feeds from his teammates, while in his own zone he’s shown considerable growth in his own zone. A fixture on Ottawa’s penalty kill, Quinn appears willing to continue to work at the finer aspects of the game, and the sky appears to be the limit for the young winger.

Breakdown of Skills:
Skating: 60
Puck Skills: 60

Shooting Ability: 65
Hockey Sense: 60
Passing Ability: 55

Physicality: 45

Player Comparison: William Nylander