Center Quinton Byfield of the Sudbury Wolves in the Ontario Hockey League, is ranked number two among North American skaters and certainly looks like he will become the highest-selected Black player in NHL history. Evander Kane and Seth Jones, who were both selected fourth-overall, will undoubtedly be proud of him. Byfield is the type of center teams dream about building their team around. Byfield is 6’4″ and weight 215 pounds; he plays to his size with a direct north-south style teams love to see, especially from an 18-year-old kid.
Last season with Sudbury, the Newmarket Ontario native put up 32 goals and 50 assists for 82 points in just 50 games. The big Canadian has been over a point per game player in his two seasons in the OHL and put up a McDavid like season in his rookie campaign. Whether its LA or Ottawa, someone is getting a cornerstone piece to build around for the next decade-plus.
This kid reminds me of a young Evgeni Malkin and will be a massive addition to the Kings or Senators. This kid is a pure 200-foot player, and I want to say the boys and girls of Tarps Off Hockey are proud of Quinton Byfield and wish to send him many congratulations on the eve of his history-making night. Byfield and all of those involved in the Hockey Diversity Alliance are continually showing us hockey is for everyone. Way to go, kid.