The Quebec Remparts forward, with 12 points in nine games, is living up to projections that he could be the premier power winger from North America available in the NHL draft. As Erne, a potential top-10 pick, tells it, he's found his comfort zone during his second season in la vieille capitale. Perhaps that is not surprising considering Erne moved from Los Angeles to New Jersey to the USHL's Indiana Ice during his last seasons before being recruited to the QMJHL by Patrick Roy. Erne looks much more self-possessed than he did as last season dragged on; he's been keeping up with Buffalo Sabres first-rounder Mikhail Grigorenko on Quebec's top line while fellow draft prospect Anthony Duclair sits with a sprained ankle.
"Having a second year here has helped me so much," says Erne, who had 55 points in 64 games as a 16-year-old. "Even having that one year of USHL [as a 15-year-old] helped me a bit. But this year, having that experience gives me so much confidence. I know the rinks. I know the refs. I know what Pat [Roy] wants from me and the team."Read More »from NHL draft tracker: Adam Erne, Quebec Remparts