Quinn Hughes Becoming a Superstar for Vancouver Canucks
Quinn Hughes was selected seventh overall in the NHL out of the University of Michigan in the 2018 NHL Draft. Hughes is a solid defenseman on the back end of the Vancouver Canucks.
Quinn Hughes is the brother of New Jersey Devils centerman Jack Hughes. Jack was the number one overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.
What a Run for the Canucks
Vancouver is in the midst of a Stanley Cup Playoff run. The Canucks trailed 3-1 in the series against the Vegas Golden Knights and they forced a Game 7 on Friday night at the Rogers Centre in Edmonton, Alberta.
However, the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Canucks in Game 7, 3-0, to advance to the Western Conference Finals.
One of the reasons why Vancouver was so successful is because head coach Travis Green decided to switch from Jacob Markstrom to Thatcher Demko in net. Vegas has only scored one goal in the last two games.
In Game 6, Quinn Hughes scored a goal 8:16 into the third period, to give them a 3-0 lead when they were up 2-0. The goal was assisted by J.T. Miller and Christopher Tanev.
Hughes also assisted on J.T. Miller’s goal just 1:03 into the second period.
During the playoffs, Quinn Hughes has played in 16 games. He scored two goals and recorded 14 assists. His plus/minus rating is even.
If the Vancouver Canucks would have won this series, he would have probably been one of the Conn Smythe favorites heading into the Western Conference Finals.
Happy for Hughes
During the regular season, he played in 68 games. Quinn Hughes scored eight goals and recorded 45 assists. His plus/minus was -10.
He is the heart and soul of this hockey team and also the defense on this team. Hughes is becoming a young superstar in the NHL.
He is just one of a few defensemen in the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs that has made a name for his team. The other two have been Cale Makar of the Colorado Avalanche and Miro Heiskanen of the Dallas Stars though.
Quinn Hughes is only 20 years old. There is a reason why he is a tremendous skater, a wonderful quarterback on the power play, and there is also a reason why Head Coach Travis Green trusts him. Hughes is going to be a stud and a superstar in the NHL for a very long time and be in several All-Star Games and appearances though because he also skates well amongst other things though.
Quinn Hughes is part of a young core with the Vancouver Canucks though. Brock Boeser and Elias Pettersson are a couple of other young players on this roster though. These three players will be and should be known as the core players of this hockey club for the next eight to 10 years and potentially beyond a decade though.
What do you think of Quinn Hughes potentially being a superstar down the road for the Vancouver Canucks though? Leave a comment below.
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