David Quinn on Hajek, Zibanejad and Joey Keane

David Quinn met with the media on Monday and said (NYR):

  • On the scrimmage, “Some guys that played well, thought Fox played well, Kakko played well, Chytil played well. Chytil has had a good camp. Boo Nieves had a good day, some good performances.”
  • On Joey Keane, “he has a lot of great qualities about him, I love his skating, he’s strong. As you get older as a defenseman a lot of guys that are gifted offensively and they are offensive defenseman, he’s still finding his way as who he is going to be at our level. He’s certainly a great prospect for us but a lot of things to like about Joey.”
  • Does he have an opportunity, “there is definitely a chance for him for sure because of the situation we are in.”
  • On Mika Zibanejad this year, “he has started very well, built off what he established last year. Everyone talks about the changes he made as a player and his off-ice conditioning has certainly reflected his performance on the ice and I think he has brought that to another level this year.”
  • On Mika being a leader, “he has a great demeanor about him, he is an emotional guy on the ice but when there is some adversity, good or bad, he has a great way about him to keep it even-keeled. It’s a great trait to have in a long hockey season.”
  • On Libor Hajek, “he played five really good games for us last year. His skating, his quick decision making, physical on pucks. He has picked up where he left off. It was too bad he got hurt last year because I thought he did a really good job. The injury set him back a little bit but he is 100% healthy and looks just as good as he did last year when he played those give games.”