FRISCO, Texas – With the next-to-last pick of the first round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, the Dallas Stars have an opportunity to add some much-needed grit and toughness with a prototypical power forward with as much propensity to make plays as he has to engage physically.
6′ 1″, 195lb left wing Adam Erne of the Quebec Remparts (QMJHL) is just such a player. The 18-year-old native of New Haven, CT has tallied 28 goals in each of the past two seasons in Quebec City under Patrick Roy.
While he doesn’t have overwhelming size, Erne is physically mature and will play in traffic and battle while demonstrating an offensive prowess that will cause opponents to take heed of his presence whenever he takes the ice.
He is not as dynamic as some highly skilled players in this draft, but he does a good job exploding on the wing and cutting to the net.
Erne skates with good speed and agility and won’t hesitate to carry the puck for extended periods of time in the neutral zone. He does a good job maturity and intelligence in his passing game and is capable of executing dynamic cross-ice feeds as well as quick short passes.
Far from an elite shooter, Erne handles the puck well whether at top speed or stationary and has a blistering wrist shot. Erne is also fearless in crashing the net and has demonstrated a strong ability to jump on rebounds and otherwise create scoring chances near the crease and on the wrap around while disrupting the opposing goaltender’s focus.
Erne led all Remparts scorers last season with 72 points (28 G, 44 A, +11) and 67 penalty minutes. Quebec finished third in the East Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Erne added 10 points (5 G, 5 A, +1) with 19 penalty minutes in 11 post-season contests.
Erne was selected to represent the United States at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka U18 Tournament in August where he scored two goals and was named Player of the Game in the Americans’ only win – a 5-3 victory over Slovakia.
Erne joined the USHL’s Indiana Ice for the 2010-11 season and produced 18 points (10 G, 8 A, -18) with 49 PIM. The Ice finished third in the Eastern Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Erne was plus-one with 1 assist in three post-season contests. At 15, he was the youngest player in the league.
Selected by Halifax in the second round (22nd overall) of the 2011 QMJHL Entry Draft, Erne was obtained by the Remparts in a July trade. He tallied 55 points (28 G, 27 A, +6) and 32 PIM in his first season with Quebec. The Remparts finished third in the East Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Erne scored six points (2 G, 4 A, +5) with 10 PIM in 11 post-season contests. He was ranked seventh among QMJHL rookies in goals (28) and tied for eighth among rookies in points (55).
Erne was ranked 26th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2013 NHL Draft.
While his skill set lends itself to a physical third-line forward, Erne’s all-around game will allow him to fill numerous roles at the professional level which excites scouts and certainly has him on Dallas coach Lindy Ruff’s radar.
“With the 29th pick of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, the Dallas Stars select left wing Adam Erne.”
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