Jacob Quillan Discusses Why He Chose To Sign With Toronto Maple Leafs

Graham Montgomery
April 5, 2024  (9:36 PM)

Former Quinnipiac University forward Jacob Quillan waiting for a faceoff
Photo credit: Sportsnet

The Toronto Maple Leafs recently added to their prospect pool by signing top NCAA free agent Jacob Quillan out of Quinnipiac University. Today, the forward revealed why he chose to sign with the Maple Leafs.

The Athletic ranked the Toronto Maple Leafs as having the 28th best prospect pool this season. However, the team added some depth to their limited prospect pool earlier this month. The Leafs signed NCAA free agent Jacob Quillan to an entry-level-contract, snagging one of the best NCAA prospects this season. Quillan was a Hobey Baker candidate is back-to-back seasons after be put up 38 and 46 point seasons in his final two years of college hockey. Now he has revealed why the Toronto Maple Leafs were such an appealing option to him in free agency.
"I watched Toronto growing up my whole life, so it's kind of a dream to sign here. Management and the staff was all really welcoming and it seemed like they wanted me here. So, I think it was a good fit. Just a dream come true. But [I'm] just looking forward to the next step and hopefully [I'll] become a Leaf one day."

Quillan grew up in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia but was raised a Leafs fan. As such, he is currently living out his childhood dream of playing for the organization. He is now just one step removed from making his debut with his favorite NHL club. It is the most difficult step to make, but one that Quillan is capable of. Toronto Marlies head coach John Gruden already seems to be a fan of Quillan, emphasizing his size and tendency to go to the net as advantages for the AHL rookie.
#Marlies head coach John Gruden confirmed that Jacob Quillan will make his AHL debut tomorrow vs. Utica.

"[Quillan is a] big, strong guy who plays in straight lines. It looks like he has a good knack for the net, so again, we'll see what he's like tomorrow. It'll be exciting."

He also called Quillan a winner, implying that he has the mentality that it takes to win in the NHL. Notably, Quillan helped Quinnipiac University win their first ever NCAA championship last season. Quillan even scored the game-winning goal in overtime to secure that championship.
While Quillan likely won't play in a top-six role for the Leafs, perhaps he has a few more clutch goals in his future in the NHL. Hopefully for the Leafs, he will help the team win their own championship. It won't be the team's first, but it would be the first in a very long time assuming the Leafs don't win the Stanley Cup this year.
Source: MapleLeafsDaily
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