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David Llewellyn
July 9, 2024  (9:01)
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Jacob Quillan speaks with the media following Maple Leafs Development Camp
Photo credit: TSN

Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Jacob Quillan has decided to model his game after a future first-ballot Hall of Famer, Sidney Crosby.

Quillan won the NCAA's Frozen Four tournament last year with Quinnipiac University and was the tournaments MVP. While his team failed to repeat this season, he himself was named the ECAC's top defensive forward. Now as he enters pro hockey, he sees one special player to model his game after, and he was quick to give his fellow Nova Scotia native a nod during an interview at the end of Maple Leafs Development Camp.
"Sidney Crosby. I grew up 5 minutes from him. I watched him growing up, so I take the little things that he does. He plays the game so detailed, so whatever he does out there, I try to mimic. He is Nova Scotia," Quillan said in an interview with TSN's Mark Masters.
Look for Quillan to challenge for a spot on the Maple Leafs' fourth line in training camp this fall. He's likely to start the year with the Marlies and get plenty of ice time, but with his excellent two-way play, competitiveness and defensive ability, he could be called up quite early if there are injuries.
Though he is a defensive forward, Quillan does have a bit of a scoring touch that might develop at the pro level. Perhaps he'll learn a few tricks from Sid.
Source: TSN
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