Steve Quailer had an interesting college hockey career. He came into the college ranks with a strong freshman season but in the 2009 training camp he suffered a knee injury that kept him out of the entire season. At the end of that year he was suspended by his coach for an undisclosed disciplinary problem a penalty that carried over into the 2010-2011 season under a different coach. He eventually played 38 games that season scoring only three goals. Although he missed part of the season with a knee sprain, Quailer bounced back last season with 25 points in 26 games. He was named Northeastern’s most valuable player at the end of the year.
Because he was red-shirted the season he missed, Quailer had another year of college elibility remaining when he signed the Canadiens contract.
The scouting reports say Quailer is a 6’4″ 200 lb. power left winger, a good skater with good hands and balance with strong puck handling ability.
From Canadiens Communications
MONTREAL (June 14, 2012) – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced today the signing of forward Steven Quailer to a two-year contract (2012-13 and 2013-14). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Quailer, 22, finished second on the Northeastern University Huskies (H-East) with 25 points (8 goals, 17 assists) in 26 games in 2011-12. The 6’04’’ and 195 lbs forward led his team in assists. He served 34 penalty minutes. Four of his goals were scored on the powerplay and he added one shorthanded goal. Quailer tallied two winning goals, recorded 78 shots on goal and maintained a +7 plus/minus differential.
A native of Arvada, Colorado, Quailer, recorded 63 points (21 goals and 42 assists) and 85 penalty minutes in 105 games since his college debut with Northeastern in 2008-09. He was drafted by the Canadiens in the third round, 86th overall at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.