Cobden's Jack Quinn drafted by NHL's Buffalo Sabres

Cobden's Jack Quinn was selected by the Buffalo Sabres during Tuesday's NHL Draft. (NHL)

Cobden-native Jack Quinn became a professional hockey player on Tuesday night after being selected eighth overall in the NHL entry draft. 

Quinn, who spent the last two season with the OHL's Ottawa 67's, was chosen by the Buffalo Sabres. 

Going into the draft, the 6-foot, 179 pound forward was ranked the seventh-best North American skater in the National Hockey League’s Central Scouting.

He scored 52 goals last season for Ottawa and 89 points, ranking him second in the league in goals and 17th in points. 

Alexis Lafreniere was chosen first overall in the draft by the New York Rangers, the first Canadian to be chosen first overall in five years since Connor McDavid by the Edmonton Oilers in 2015. 

The Ottawa Senators chose German forward Tim Stuetzle and American Defenceman Jake Sanderson with their third and fifth overall picks in the draft. 

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman also announced at Tuesday's draft that the NHL was eyeing a Jan. 1 start to the next NHL season.