The Western Hockey League’s top scoring defenceman from the 2017-18 regular season has a new home in the Big Apple.
Medicine Hat Tigers blueliner David Quenneville signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the New York Islanders the NHL club announced Friday.
Quenneville was originally selected by the Islanders in the seventh round, 200th overall, in the 2016 NHL Draft.
This season, Quenneville was one of the top offensive stars in the league, leading all WHL defenceman in scoring with 80 points (26G-54A) in 70 games. He had 12 power-play goals and four game-winning goals. His 80-point campaign tied teammate Mark Rassell for the scoring lead with the Tigers, with both finishing tied for 28th in league scoring. Quenneville’s season included 19-multi-point games, one multi-goal game and a pair of four-point performances.
In 251 WHL regular season games, Quenneville has registered 214 points (69G-145A), including 42 power-play goals and 12 game-winning goals.
Quenneville also played in 21 career WHL playoff games, recording 21 points (5G-16A), including two power-play goals and one game-winning goal.
Originally selected in the first round, 10th overall, of the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, Quenneville was named to the WHL’s First All-Star Team in the Eastern Conference this season.
The 5-foot-9, 195-pound product of Edmonton, Alta. was the third of three Quenneville brothers to be selected by an NHL team after Peter was selected by the Coloumbus Blue Jackets in the 2013 NHL Draft and John was selected by the New Jersey Devils in the 2014 NHL Draft. Both Peter and John played for the Brandon Wheat Kings.
Quenneville has represented Canada at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship. He was named to the tournament all-star team at the U18 World Championship.