While the NHL is currently under a lockout, most of the prospects from the various clubs around the NHL are preparing for a new season.
To complement this, we are kicking off a new series today that will cover the top-25 players under the age of 25 for the Red Wings. We will start off today with center Alan Quine.
Alan Quine, Center, 19 years old -
Alan Quine was selected 85th overall in the 2011 entry draft by the Detroit Red Wings. According to Elite Prospects.com, Quine is 5'11'' and weighs about 180 lbs and shoots left.
Quine currently plays with the Peterborough Petes in the Ontario Hockey League. Last season he managed to record 70 points in 65 games for the Petes. While he is currently unsigned by the Red Wings he did sign a try-out contract with the Grand Rapids Griffins last year which allowed him to play 3 games for them. In those 3 games he recorded one assist.
Prior to joining the Petes, Quine played for the Kingston Frontenacs of the OHL. The Frontenacs had selected Quine second overall in the 2009 OHL draft.
Quine is viewed as a Darren Helm type of player, as he is extremely quick and agile. Quine has also proved to be able to score points and has quite a bit of untapped offensive skill. According to multiple scouts, Quine has great vision and has a decent pair of hands.
While he is very talented offensively he needs to improve defensively. This can be seen in his -54 +/- rating over the past two seasons with the Petes. He is also undersized and needs to bulk up a lot if he wants to play at a higher level of hockey than the OHL.
Quine scored a goal for Team Canada against Russia at the 2011 World under-18 WC.
Alan Quine goal vs Russia at 2011 U18WC bronze medal game (2011-04-24) (via nhldraftvideo)
Quine still needs a lot of developing before he can join the NHL. However, if he can improve his defensive play in order to complement his offensive talent I could see him potentially being a guy the Wings look at 3-4 years down the road. He is still only 19 and will not be an important part of the Wings near future. Quine must sign with the Wings before June 1st, 2013.
Alan Quine is also on Twitter and can be found @Quiner26.