In a previous edition of the Prospect Preview, we
talked about Quebec Remparts forward Anthony Duclair, who is a top prospect in
the 2013 draft class.
This article will once again profile a Remparts
player. That player is American-born forward Adam Erne.
The Halifax Mooseheads selected the North Brandford,
Conn., native in the second round of the 2011 Quebec Major Junior League Entry
Draft. However, he would never suit up for Halifax because he was traded prior
to playing a game in the QMJHL. Moreover, Erne contemplated playing hockey at Boston College, but
ultimately decided against playing college hockey.
Erne is not your typical power forward that National
Hockey League general managers would love to have on their team.
He does not shy away from huge open-ice hits and
overall, he plays a very physical style of hockey.
A facet of his game that makes Erne a unique prospect
is his innate ability to put the puck in the net.
Pure offensive talent is what Erne will bring to any
team that selects him. He has soft hands and a powerful shot that has fooled
goalies in the QMJHL all season.
Another area of Erne's game that scouts like is his
skating ability. Erne has the ability to blow past the opposition's defenseman,
which indicates he has a nose for the net.
Last season, Erne scored 28 goals and tallied 27
assists for Patrick Roy's Remparts. He was a crucial offensive player on team
that featured Buffalo Sabres first round draft pick Mikhail Grigorenko.
This season, his production has not stalled. Through
15 games this season, Erne posted 11 goals and 13 assists.
I expect Adam Erne to be a second line winger in the
NHL. His potential is so great, that he could be a top-line winger if he puts
in the work ethic necessary.
On Friday's edition of the Prospect Preview, we will
look at Hudson Fasching, who currently is committed to play for the University
of Minnesota for the 2013-14 season.