ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The American Hockey League has named Rochester Americans Forward Jack Quinn AHL Rookie of the Month for the month of October. Quinn has started the season with a bang, registering 10 points (5G, 5A) in only six games played, with no signs of slowing down. In a last year’s injury shortened campaign, Quinn only managed to score two goals and put up seven assists in 15 games with the Amerks.
Lighting the lamp is no new feat for the Rochester rookie. During the 2019-20 Ontario Hockey League season, he finished second in scoring to current Toronto Marlies Forward Nick Robertson, beating OHL goaltenders 52 times. For Quinn, translating his game to the professional ranks will be key, and it appears that in his second year with the Amerks, he has found his stride.
Jack Quinn tallied 10 points (5 goals, 5 assists) in 6 games to start the season.
And he's been so much fun to watch ? pic.twitter.com/bqpAEhkFsU
— Rochester Americans (@AmerksHockey) November 1, 2021
Due to Quinn’s injury, he fell ten games shy of losing his rookie status for 2021-22 competition. In order to qualify for rookie status, a player must have played in less than a total of 25 games of any combination between the AHL and the NHL, must not have played in six or more AHL or NHL regular-season games in any two previous seasons.
The Amerks’ top line of Quinn, center Sean Malone, and left-winger JJ Peterka has been as advertised. If Saturday’s game against the Laval Rocket was any indication, the scoring is not going to slow down any time soon for this team. What may be even more impressive is that Quinn has only registered one goal and one assist on the power play, a power play unit that is good for only 20th in the AHL.
The Americans are scoring, and they’re scoring often. It will be interesting to see if the Amerks can keep up the pace offensively. Scoring 4.5 goals per game may just not be sustainable, which could be concerning considering they’re giving up just as many goals per game. If things settle down offensively, keep an eye on if Quinn can continue to generate chances for one of the most dynamic offenses in the league thus far. One thing is certain – if Quinn continues to play like this, it may not be long before the Buffalo Sabres call him up to the big leagues.
If he stays in the ROC, watch out – we may just be watching the AHL Rookie of the Year.
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