New York Islanders 2016-17 Player Grade: Alan Quine
This season is a story of continued growth for the New York Islanders draftee. First, it was playoff success, and now regular season success. Alan Quine is alright. That’s it.
A sixth-round draft pick is a hopeful pick. When the New York Islanders selected Alan Quine in the sixth round of the 2013 NHL draft, their hope was they might have an NHL player on their hands.
It doesn’t matter what type of player. Just that he can play at the NHL level. It would be fantastic if he could turn out to be Brett Hull (taken 134th overall in 1983), but the Isles would be alright with someone who could nestle into a fourth line role.
Someone who could add scoring depth, play on the penalty kill and be responsible defensively. That’s what they got from Quine.
Last Year Turned Into This Year
Last season ended about as good as possible could when Quine helped the New York Islanders win their first playoff series with his overtime goal in game five.
Quine parlayed that good playoff run in 2015-16 and a successful three-year stint in Bridgeport where he collected 136 points in 192 games into a two-year one-way deal to stay with the Islanders.
He stuck with the team through camp and the pre-season. Often switching between the playing and being scratched, but he was there. He was, as the kids say: “playing in the ‘chel” (I’m told that’s what they say).
And Quine made it count. Playing on average twelve-and-a-half minutes per game with an average of just over a minute on the PP and just under half a minute on the PK.
He contributed 18 points to the Islanders cause, with three on the power play and a shorthanded goal to boot. He’s the bare minimum of what the Isles could have hoped for from a sixth rounder.
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Alan Quine had a good season. It wasn’t great. But he was a perfectly useful player for the team. Lucky for him judging how the Isles like to reward their fourth line center Quine is in for one hell of a pay day come 2018-19.
Final Grade: C+