2020 NHL Entry Draft: Best Options for Nashville Predators in 1st Round

Seth Jarvis #24 of the Portland Winterhawks (Photo by Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
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Jack Quinn
Jack Quinn #22 of the Ottawa 67s (Photo by Graig Abel/Getty Images) /

Jack Quinn, RW, Ottawa 67s

The Predators will have plenty of options to choose from at the 11th pick overall. They need more offensive firepower coming through their pipeline, and they can really make a strong pick here.

Jack Quinn wouldn’t be my top choice for the Predators, but if other prospects come off the board first then Quinn wouldn’t be a bad consolation prize.

What I like about Quinn is he has a very well-rounded and crisp game. I don’t think he’s too far off from cracking into the NHL as a bottom-six player. I love his offensive game and raw ability to score goals.

Here’s the scouting report from EliteProspects regarding Quinn’s unique ability to generate offensive scoring chances through his puck handling and ice vision:

"“He’s always manipulating opposing defencemen as a puck-carrier, baiting a response, and then threading the puck through the opening this sequence created”"

Quinn put up an astounding 52 goals in 62 games for the Ottawa 67s of the OHL this past season, which is a 40-goal jump from the previous season with Ottawa. I don’t care which level you’re playing at, 52 goals in 62 games is absolutely incredible production.

There’s a decent chance that another team in the top-ten falls in love with Quinn and takes him before the Predators pick.

Quinn is widely projected in the middle of the first round, so we’ll have to see if he’s there for the Predators. He’ll be a hard player to look past if he’s still on the board outside of the top-ten.