Quenneville’s viability as an NHL defenseman will depend on whether his puck moving skills will be enough to offset the difficulties he is likely to have in handling bigger NHL forwards around the net.
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March 2020 – Quenneville saw a little bit of time with Binghamton but in a bottom-pairing role as he totaled just a point in seven games. Chris Wassel
February 2020 – Quenneville has been traded to the New Jersey Devils along with a second round pick for defenseman Andy Greene. Pat Quinn
March 2019 – At 5-foot-8, Quenneville is already fighting the odds when it comes to becoming a top-six defenseman in the NHL. History shows that these small-sized defensemen need to be able to generate points from the backend and have to be fleet of foot to escape the forecheck to excel at the highest level. Unfortunately for Quenneville, his skating needs some work, and his 14 points in 43 ECHL games this year is not showing that ability to generate points. He has put up points at other levels, but he will have to show more at the pro game before we can start considering him a huge fantasy target. Nate Duffett
October 2017 – Quenneville embarks on his fourth season with the Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL) with an “A” on his chest. He is off to a hot start in terms of scoring – he leads the team in the early going. The right-handed shooting defenseman had a terrific U18 World Junior Championship tournament but still slipped to pick #200 in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
The drawback is that Quenneville is listed at just 5-9, but that’s about the extent of his limitations. He is a very good skater who exhibits a strong grasp of escapability. The second cousin of Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville, David has terrific hockey sense and puck poise. He is not a soft, offense-only player either. He is well-positioned defensively and makes smart, timely hits to protect the dot-line. If he picks up the pace on his development arc, the Edmonton native might mimic Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon down the line. Michael Farkas
July 2016 – David Quenneville, brother of Devils’ first rounder John and Blue Jackets’ pick Peter, was taken by the Islanders in the seventh round in 2016. David was one of the most prolific offensive defenseman in the WHL last season. He put up 14 goals and 55 total points. His 39 primary points ranked second among WHL draft-eligible defenseman, four behind 13th overall pick Jake Bean, and 11 ahead of 28th overall pick Lucas Johansen. Quenneville was also lights out for Canada at the U-18 World Championships in April of 2016, leading all defenders in the tournament with eight points. Quenneville is an offensive defenseman, who has all the tools of a power play specialist. He has an extremely hard shot, and shows great poise and edges when handling the puck at the blueline. This allows him to extend plays and open shooting and passing lanes. Quenneville also showed a penchant for physical play at the U-18s, often stepping up on his man. However, this did occasionally leave him out of position. Brent Craswell