Buffalo Sabres willing to bet on Jack Quinn’s goal-scoring potential

With another top 10 pick in the draft, the Buffalo Sabres decided to address their scoring upfront adding Jack Quinn with the eighth overall pick.

Following another tough year for the Buffalo Sabres, they had their chance to be on the clock and select another top prospect in the 2020 NHL Draft.

The Buffalo Sabres have selected forward Jack Quinn with the eighth overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.

Quinn has spent his entire Junior career as a member of the Ottawa 67’s, who selected him with the 39th overall pick in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection.

The 2018-19 season served as the first full year that Quinn spent as a member of the 67’s. He finished with 12 goals and 32 points in 61 contests.

During his draft year, Quinn went on a scoring tear, finding the back of the net 52 times while finishing with 89 points in 62 games. That goal total was the second-best mark in the league behind only Nick Robertson — who wound up making his debut in the NHL during the qualification round.

“He’s a responsible three-zone player who’s deadly around the net. He’s got a lightning quick release and plenty of accuracy to the point his shot would play in the NHL right now. The most exciting thing about this player is the year-over-year improvement in his game. Not only does he project physically, but on the ice he’s grown by leaps and bounds and that trajectory is expected to continue. He’s been afforded big league resources in Ottawa with a coaching staff that is all pro. Add in the additional resources that will be afforded him from an NHL team and continued development in the OHL, and you project a top six winger with elite goal-scoring potential.”

Sam Cosentino’s scouting report on Quinn for Sportsnet

Quinn serves as the second consecutive forward prospect taken by the Sabres in the first round. The organization landed Lethbridge Hurricanes centre Dylan Cozens with the seventh overall pick a year ago.

The 19-year-old’s birthday falls on Sept. 19, meaning he just missed the cut-off for the 2019 NHL Draft. He was the oldest draft-eligible player available in the year’s class.

Considered one of the best goal scorers available in this year’s draft, Quinn also has a solid frame, standing at 6-foot-1, 179 pounds.

The Sabres will wrap up their draft on Wednesday with five picks through rounds 2-7. They have added to an already solid stable of prospects with Quinn, but they’ll be looking to add more depth to finish up. Your draft is truly decided by who you’re able to land on day two.

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