Quinton Howden was a prospect for the Florida Panthers, having been drafted in the 1st round, 25th overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Eight years later, he’s now playing for Dinamo Minsk of the KHL. It’s obviously not uncommon for a highly touted draft pick to toil in other leagues but I’m still holding out that Quinton can come back to the NHL. He’s your prototypical power forward and while overseas, I’m hoping he’s learning how to utilize his size and skillset to be effective as a hockey player.
This season, he’s managed 17 points in 39 games in the KHL and currently sits 133 overall in league scoring. By comparison, Nigel Dawes, former NYR draft pick is in the lead with 55 points.
Luckily for Quinton, Team Canada had noticed him and invited him to participate in the Olympics. There, he tallied 1 assist in 3 games and helped Team Canada win bronze for his efforts. For Quinton, it wasn’t his first time representing Canada on the International stage, as he helped win silver and bronze for Canada during the World Juniors back in 2011 / 2012.
Gettin’ the auto
This was one of my tests for 2018, to try and send overseas to previous NHL players. Amazingly, it worked! Quinton signed a few of my cards through the team, Dinamo Minsk, which is located in Belarus. I had sent a couple of american dollars along with my items, asking him if he would be able to sign my cards and send them back. The entire trip for my request took just under 2 months, as I sent it at the beginning of September. I’m sure if I was better prepared, I could’ve found an address in North America near the start of his pro career to send these hockey cards to.
It’s great that Quinton got a call to make Team Canada’s Olympic roster while the NHL sat out this past year.
A video review of Quinton Howden
A nice look back at Quiton’s profile circa 2010.