Quick Expected to Stay in High School

Erik Erlendsson [url=http://www.tbo.com/sports/lightning/MGBRQLG4WOE.html]reports in tomorrow's post mortem of the Lightning's 2006 NHL Draft[/url] that 3rd round pick [url=kevin-quick]Kevin Quick[/url] is expected to stay at Salisbury Prep in Connecticut and play one more year of high school hockey before moving on to college. Quick was selected in the 18th round of the USHL Entry Draft by the Green Bay Gamblers, but it appears he will not make the move to the American junior league. There could be consequences to the decision developmentally. In high school, Quick will play less than 30 games at a level of play below that of the USHL. With Green Bay he could play over 60 games in a league where a good number of the players are destined to move on to the NCAA ranks. In the Trib article, Jay Feaster expresses the Lightning scouting staff's opinion that Quick may be the best skater in this draft, an opinion that is not to far off from Red Line Report's glowing description of his speed, agility and balance. Quick is rumored to be a recruiting target of several top college teams including Boston University and New Hampshire in Hockey East and North Dakota and Minnesota of the WCHA.

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Quick's slow development

Like most HS picks, Quick is a project, meaning slow development, but I really don't like this idea. I know he would like to stay with friends in HS and graduate, but for his own development and gain, I think it would be better for him to take the Blake Wheeler route from the UHL to the NCAA. Hopefully his senior year won't hinder his development, and he has a successful college career.

Re:Quick

The Lightning are trying to convince Kevin to do something else. Chad will have a story up on it later with news on the Kazionov brothers as well.

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