Kevin Quick

I feel he deserves his own entry: Name: Kevin Quick Position: Defenseman Shoots: Left Height: 6'0" Weight: 175 lbs Born: 3/29/88 Rankings: #93 North American Skater (CSS), #63 Overall (Red Line) Salisbury (USHS) 28 GP, 3-20-23, 6 PIM, +45 Quick is a US high school player out of Salisbury Prep in New England who fills the Lightning's role need for an offensive defenseman. Quick is an excellent skater and talented puckhandler who helped lead his team to the New England Prep School championship. He has a hard one time shot on the power play and is as smart in the defensive zone as he is in the offensive third of the ice as he was +45 after 20 games this season. He doesn't have ideal size but he isn't afraid to mix it up physically. Red Line compares him to Buffalo's Brian Campbell and sees him as a player who was "definitely flying under the radar" going into this draft. As of our latest information he has yet to commit to a college. Positives: Outstanding skater with excellent balance and agility. Confident puckhandler and loves to jump into the play. Smart at both ends of the ice. Not afraid to get involved physically. Negatives: Undersized. Has only played prep level competition to this point and it remains to be seen how he will handle the next level of hockey. Pete posted that content on draft day. I was a bit pessimistic that the Lightning was pushing a little hard to create another Boyle and maybe it's a reach. I'm still pessimistic but interested to see him on my drive over there on Tuesday. He was the first one to make look for his name and number on Tuesday. On Wednesday I spent little time on him, but was intrigued by how much he used his body along the boards, particularly in the nuetral zone. One of my notes this afternoon before I left to go over was to really watch him defensively and observe again how he uses his frame. I saw a lot more than just that. In three scrimmages, I have seen everything in this scouting report. Don't pencil him in yet. He's 4 and-a-half to 5 seasons from graduating from prospect status. The upper body definitely needs to get stronger and he needs to adjust to a much faster game. On the drive over tonight I was thinking about how close he actually might be to a Boyle clone. I thought, I hadn't seen him do that little spin move to get out of being pinned down low. He did tonight. At this point he doesn't attack as the 4th man down low like Dan does, but I doubt he's ever played in that type of system. Defensively is where he seperates from Boyle. With added strength, I think he'll be much better. He understands his body well and currently uses what he has to get great leverage on opponents. He actually inititiates contac more often than the average small defender. Although he may have to learn to tone that down a little in the show to keep from getting battered. And when he had Wheat lined up he went for it and buried him. Offensively he shows a good overall game. I'm not sure he'll out goal Dan but he'll get moderate goals and lots of assists. The scouting report speaks of the offensive and defensive thirds of the ice. I think he has done good things in the neutral third also, especially along the boards. He seperates guys from the puck well along the boards. He gets good passes off from there if it means holding it long enough to have to absorb a hit. He also has that little shoulder turn that thus far has kept everyone who has had him lined up from getting a clean lick in. I don't know what the rules are for high school kids or how much school he can afford to miss, but if he only has 1 week to miss, I'd prefer the skip TC and bring him to Brandon for a week. Also, Jay and Torts need to use whatever pull they may have with USA Hockey to get this kid involved in national team tryouts. If Kevin can navigate the next 4 years without any major mishaps, we'll all be a happy bunch.