The New York Islanders have selected Belleville center Alan Quine with their sixth-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft.
Quine is a 1993 birthday who re-entered the draft after failing to garner a contract with the Detroit Red Wings, who drafted him in the third round (85th overall) in the 2011 draft.
Quine currently most recently played for the Belleville Bulls of the OHL, but he has also played for Kingston and Peterborough, who traded him to Belleville after a slow start to the 2012-13 season.
He is known for great hands and skill but the knock on him has been the defensive side of his game. Here is how he was seen by scout Kirk Luedeke at the time of his drafting by Detroit in 2011:
Quine was a highly-regarded minor midget player drafted by Kingston a couple of years ago and he had a solid rookie year for the Frontenacs as an offensive savant with terrific hands, vision, touch and overall skill. He's a good skater who has all the offensive tools to be a steady producer at the highest level, even if he had an off-year where he didn't meet expectations.
Although under 6-feet and on the light side, he is quick and elusive- two traits that a player of his disposition must possess. He played well for Team Canada at the 2010 Ivan Hlinka in August, winning the gold medal.
The wheels fell off Quine's season when he got off to a real slow start, and although he was moved to Peterborough for Spooner in November and picked up the production, he never really put up the kind of points expected of him and as a result, fell off the map a bit.
Our Wings counterparts at Winging it in Motown didn't view him any better than the Wings did, but had some insight into how he did since the first time his name was called in the NHL 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.
Meanwhile, did that mid-season trade and a big playoff surge resurrect Quine's stock, at least enough to get him drafted again? Here is how Dobber Hockey tells it:
Boy did a change of scenery do wonders for Alan Quine. After consistently posting in the minus column for the woeful Peterborough Petes and Kingston Frontenacs, Quine turned things around playing for the OHL Eastern Conference Champion Belleville Bulls posting a plus-29 rating in only 28 games. Quine clearly showed that when surrounded with a supporting cast he can cause havoc for the opposition. Not only was his plus-29 rating impressive he also saw his points-per-game climb from an even 1.00 with the Petes to a 1.46 with his Hometown Bulls. Quine's regular season success was a big reason Belleville was able to win their conference but he really elevated his game once playoffs came around especially when Belleville needed it most, scoring five goals in the last four games to help the Bulls fight to a game seven against the powerful Barrie Colts. Quine finished up his postseason in a tie for the team lead with eight goals and totals of 8G-7A-15PTS in 17 games played.
Any sixth-round pick is a longshot, especially one whom scouts have had an extra two years to observe. But there might be some skill there, and there is at least an outside chance that Quine has started to put his game together at age 20.