The New Jersey Devils drafted forward John Quenneville with the last pick in the first round at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
The Edmonton, Alberta native comes from a hockey family. He’s a second cousin of Chicago Blackhawks bench boss Joel Quenneville, and he’s related by marriage to New York Islanders blue liner Johnny Boychuk.
Despite his pedigree, though, he’s spent the start of his first pro season in the AHL with the Albany Devils.
That will change Thursday, though.
It was confirmed Thursday morning that Quenneville, who currently sits tied for first in rookie scoring for the developmental farm league, has been recalled by the Devils. He’s expected to make his NHL debut this evening, when the Devils face off against his cousin’s own club in Chicago.
A former skater for the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings, Quenneville finished his final major junior campaign with 73 points in 57 regular season games, sitting third in scoring on the roster behind only Jayce Hawryluk and the 2017 draft-eligible Nolan Patrick. So far, he sits on 17 points in 19 games for Albany, leading the club in scoring by two points over fellow forward Joseph Blandisi.
The Devils will face off against Joel Quenneville’s Blackhawks at 7:30 PM CST Thursday evening, where they’ll look to stop a three-game losing skid suffered against the Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Winnipeg Jets. They currently sit fifth in the Metropolitan Division.