Forward Alan Quine hopes another good season in Peterborough in the Ontario Hockey League leads to an entry-level contract with the Red Wings.
The Wings selected Quine (5-feet-11, 184 pounds) in the third round of the 2011 NHL draft and have been pleased with his progress.
Quine had 30 goals and 40 assists in 65 games last season for the Petes and was minus-19 with 21 penalty minutes. He also appeared in three games with the Grand Rapids Griffins and had one assist.
What does Quine think he needs to do to earn a pro contract?
"Consistency and just trying to be as physical as I can," Quine said during the recent Red Wings development camp in Traverse City. "Trying to throw my weight around a little bit and put up some good numbers."
Wings assistant general manager Jim Nill said Quine is "a great skater, a Darren Helm-type player."
"He's on the right path. He's doing everything right. He trains hard, works hard," Nill said.
Peterborough (27-34-3-4) missed the OHL playoffs last season. Quine hopes to help lead the Petes to the postseason in 2012-13. He mentioned the acquisition of forward Francis Menard, who scored 60 points in 68 games last season for the Guelph Storm, as a positive step for the club.
"I was above a point a game last year and hopefully next year I can be even higher, maybe 90, 95, 100 points," Quine said. "That would be ideal."
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