Day one of the 2020 NHL Draft begins at 7 p.m. EST. The Sabers are expected to place eighth overall tonight.
Rangers of New York – Alexis Lafrenière, LW, Rimouski (LHJMQ)
2. Kings de Los Angeles – Quinton Byfield, C, Sudbury (OHL)
3. Sénateurs d’Ottawa (de San Jose Sharks) – Tim Stuetzle, LW, Mannheim (GER)
4. Red Wings de Detroit – Lucas Raymond, LW, Frolunda (SWE)
5. Ottawa Senators – Jake Sanderson, D, United States U-18 (NTDP)
6. Ducks d’Anaheim – Jamie Drysdale, D, Erie (OHL)
7. Diables du New Jersey – Alexander Holtz, RW, Djurgarden (SWE)
8. Sabres de Buffalo – Jack Quinn, RW, Ottawa (OHL)
NHL Central Scouting Office: 7th (North American skaters)
The Boy Scouts took notice after a strong training season that saw Quinn (6-0, 176) become more polite and explosive with the puck on his stick. The 19-year-old is versatile enough to play all three front positions and has the offensive instinct to execute plays. The right-handed shooter was second in the Ontario Hockey League with 52 goals and tied for eighth with 89 points in 62 games this season. Seven other OHL players have scored at least 50 goals in their NHL draft season since 2000-01: Corey Locke (63, 2002-03), Patrick Kane (62, 2006-07), Steven Stamkos (58, 2007-08), John Tavares (58, 2008-09), Jeff Skinner (50, 2009-10), Alex DeBrincat (51, 2015-16) and Arthur Kaliyev (51, 2018-19).
NHL.com Analysis: The Sabers need to add top scorers, and that’s what Quinn is. His skating improved over the season, and he worked on strengthening his lower body to make it a strength. Quinn on the wing with centers Jack Eichel or Dylan Cozens (2019, No.7) in the next season or two has the chance to give the Sabers an outstanding offensive offense.