Jack Quinn recently signed his three-year, entry-level contract with the Buffalo Sabres, but when can we expect to see him in uniform?
The Buffalo Sabres recently signed their first-round pick of the 2020 draft, Jack Quinn, to a three-year entry-level contract. The contract has an annual salary-cap hit of $925,000. This three-year deal will give Quinn time to develop as a player before expanding his game at the NHL level.
The 19-year old has had a solid OHL career thus far, finishing off his most recent season as a member of the Ottawa 67’s. With 62 games under his belt, jack Quinn recorded 52 goals and 37 assists — for a total of 89 points.
Jack Quinn was one of only two players in the OHL to reach the 50-goal mark, one of the large reasons why the Sabres snagged him so early.
There’s a lot happening for the young prospect right now. Quinn was recently selected to attend a 28-day selection camp in preparation for the IIHF World Junior Championship. He’s playing alongside a future teammate, Dylan Cozens, who was drafted seventh overall in last year’s draft.
While Cozens is likely to make his NHL debut this upcoming season, Quinn most likely will not. However, he could start making an impact as early as next season.
If he makes the team, the IIHF World Juniors Tournament would be a good determinant of whether or not he is NHL-ready.
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Jack Quinn has great potential as a forward winger. Being 6’1’’ and 179 lbs, Jack Quinn has a lot of power, especially when it comes to shooting. He is known for his shooting ability and with them, he could generate a lot of scoring opportunities for the Sabres.
That being said, the Buffalo Sabres have already assembled a solid line up for the upcoming season, making it hard for Jack Quinn to make the squad this season. He would have to beat out the likes of Sam Reinhart, Kyle Okposo, Victor Oloffson, and tage Thompson for a right-wing spot.
This seems unlikely given the NHL experience of these players. Not only that, but Dylan Cozens is expected to start his NHL career at right wing, complicating things further for Quinn.
Personally, I think Jack Quinn should either play another year in the OHL, start in the AHL, or play overseas in Europe before starting with the Sabres. With the Sabres already having depth in the forward position, there is no need to rush Quinn into the NHL in a bottom-line position, where he would have little playing time.
Starting in the AHL would give Quinn a chance to have more playing time, as well as the opportunity to continue to develop his skills needed for the NHL. Unfortunately, he’s not eligible for the AHL this season, so that’s not a feasible option.
It’s looking like either Buffalo or back to the OHL for Quinn.
What do you think? Should Jack Quinn spend more time at a lower level before being thrown into the NHL?
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