Sabres Sharping for the Future

Do the Buffalo Sabres already have their replacement for Jack Eichel? How long will it take to have the answer?

The Sabres recently shipped Eichel to the Vegas Golden Knights for pieces  that may help them, including forward Alex Tuch. However, with Buffalo in the rebuilding process, does their answer to losing Eichel  not involve any of the pieces they acquired?

The answer may be in the form of forward Jack Quinn. The 2020 1st round pick, 8th overall, was a monster in the OHL has had not lost a step since turning pro.

Quinn has been a point producing machine since his first days in the OHL. His best asset is his shot, which he uses to score goals in bunches.

During the 2019-20 season, Quinn scored an amazing 52 goals, assisting on 37 others for a total of 89 points in only 62 games for the OHL Ottawa 67’s.

His hard and accurate shot is the thing that gets him noticed. He isn’t afraid to use it and scores goals in ways others only dream of.

The 6-foot-0, 176-pound right-winger is coming along nicely in his development at a time where Buffalo could use him. Another year or so of development in the AHL and you could see Quinn in the NHL producing in 2 years.

With his laser, fast wrist shot, and booming slap shot he does have other lethal assets to his game. He has the passing ability to create offense out of nowhere and find the littlest seam in the defense to thread the needle.

He has a very good offense I’ve game and a solid neutral zone game but may need a bit of work on the defensive end. Other than that he’s closer to the NHL than some realize.

Quinn made his OHL debut on 12/14/18 with the 67’s against the Peterborough Petes, getting an assist for his first career point. Since then he has been a force on the ice, exploding with creativity.

Since being drafted by the Sabres he did sign a three-year, entry-level deal on November 16, 2020. This gives Quinn time to perfect his game even more in time for that NHL debut.

This season for the Rochester Americans, Quinn has posted 11 goals and 13 assists for 24 points and 10 penalty minutes in only 17 games.  Safe to say the adjustment to the pro game is going well for the young star.

When Buffalo made the deal to trade Eichel to Vegas fans wondered where repulsed the offense come from.  The answer lies with Quinn and he is capable of leading a team to success.

The Sabres have a couple of young gems in Quinn, Dylan Cozens, and Tage Thompson. They have a solid young core to lead them to future success in the playoffs sooner than later.

Quinn will be a star in the show but how much will depend on the roster Buffalo has when he gets there. No question he can fill the nets but will he have to carry the Sabres by himself at such a young age?

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