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‘Smaller’ Calder Odds

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Only three defencemen have won the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s rookie of the year in the past 20 years, and all three shared a certain profile.

Aaron Ekblad was six-foot-four, 215 pounds when he won five years ago. Tyler Myers was six-foot-eight, 220 pounds when he won in 2010. Seven years before that, St. Louis defenceman Barret Jackman was the winner. Jackman wasn’t a giant at six-feet, 200 pounds, but he was a physical, stay-at-home type who never scored more than four goals in an NHL season....

Two small, puck-moving defencemen, both products of the U.S. college system, are in a fierce battle for this year’s Calder. Neither Quinn Hughes of the Vancouver Canucks nor Cale Makar of the Colorado Avalanche reach the six-foot mark, and neither tips the scales at 200 pounds. You wouldn’t be wrong if you described either as skinny.

Both are swift-skating blue-liners, absolute wizards with the puck, and both would have trouble moving a medium-sized NHL forward from the crease area.

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Has Quinn Hughes Passed Cale Makar In the Race For The Calder Trophy?

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Some mini-musings after a successful weekend for the Canucks:

The Calder Trophy race is far from decided but, from a Vancouver perspective at least, Quinn Hughes has pulled slightly ahead of Colorado’s Cale Makar.

Hughes now leads all rookie scorers with 39 points, two ahead of Makar; their fancy statistics are comparable and Hughes averages 53 seconds more ice time per game.

But the comparison comes down to something more elemental. Hughes is more important to the Canucks than Makar is to the Colorado Avalanche. He gives them a power play. He gives them an NHL-calibre blue-line. He’s been a driving force on the NHL’s most improved team.

Makar is a dazzling talent but the Avs would still be pretty good without him. Don’t see the Canucks in first place in their division without Hughes.

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“Quinn Hughes Is Special”

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

Quinn Hughes is special.

Not special in a “you’re-special-I’m-special-everyone’s-special” kind of way. He is literally unique in Vancouver Canucks history. At least we think so.

The Canucks are celebrating their 50th year in the National Hockey League and Hughes, a 20-year rookie, is the first young defenceman the franchise has possessed who has the speed, agility, instincts and sheer talent to be a game-changer on the blue line. He is also five-foot-10.

In five decades, the franchise has had a bunch of excellent defencemen, but none with the speed and dynamic skill set that Hughes is still developing. He is an early Calder Trophy candidate, perhaps the biggest challenger to Colorado Avalanche rookie defenceman Cale Makar....

So Quinn Hughes is special. But don’t just take our word for it. Listen to some of the Canucks’ top defencemen from the last five decades.

“He really controls the game when he’s moving,” Ed Jovanoski (1999-2006 Canucks) says. “That’s always a sign of a special player, when you can control the game with your legs and hockey IQ. It’s almost, as Hughes is going, the team’s going.”

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The Always Improving Quinn Hughes

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

For most NHL rookies, one game doesn’t make a season and five aren’t a gauge of future potential.

However, Quinn Hughes is not an ordinary rookie.

Even before the seventh selection in the 2018 draft dazzled in a memorable first outing with the Vancouver Canucks in a 3-2 shootout victory over the Los Angeles Kings on March 28, the diminutive defenceman was being compared to Brian Leetch, Phil Housley, Kris Letang and even the legendary Bobby Orr.

Part of it had to do with how the 5-10, 175-pound Hughes manipulates the opposition with quickness and thinking two plays ahead. Part of it is a rich family hockey lineage that includes his father, Jim, and brothers Jack and Luke.

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Darren Dreger Talks With Quinn And Jack Hughes

Brothers Quinn and Jack Hughes stop by the Dreger Café in Kosice, Slovakia. Jack talks about his transition from the U18 tournament to the WHC and embracing the experience rather than vying for draft status. Quinn touches on his short NHL experience with the Canucks at the end of the regular season, watching his younger brother go down the same path he did, and much more.

Watch the 9 1/2 interview at TSN.

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The Debut Of Quinn Hughes

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

On the night Alex Edler set the Vancouver Canucks’ all-time record for goals by a defenceman, you couldn’t help but wonder if new teammate Quinn Hughes will one day be the player who breaks it.

The 19-year-old did not score in his National Hockey League debut, which left the defenceman 94 goals behind Edler, who turns 33 next month and has played 810 games for the Canucks.

But Hughes dazzled with his speed going forward with the puck, made a lot of smart defensive plays and accurate passes, and will be remembered in his debut for one audacious setup.

Young Canucks cornerstones Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser scored in their NHL debuts. Hughes, another foundational piece, merely had a world-class assist, embarrassing Los Angeles Kings’ veteran Trevor Lewis with a pass to himself off the back of the goal, then forcing a save from Jonathan Quick before Boeser scored on the rebound.

The crowd at Rogers Arena gasped in witness at Hughes’ move around Lewis late in the second period, then roared when Boeser popped in the goal. Of course, Canucks Nation has never been known for its measured restraint, either in good times or bad.

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Below, watch Hughes in action.

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Video- Afternoon Line - Quinn Hughes

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Quinn Hughes And The Vancouver Canucks

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

He will burn the first year of his entry-level contract when he plays his first game. And the left-shot blueliner can only play 10 games the remainder of this season so he doesn’t have to be protected for the Seattle expansion draft in 2021. If he exceeds 10 games, he would be a third-year player by 2021 and need to be included on the protected list.

That’s the boiler-plate stuff. What everyone is anxious to see is the on-ice stuff.

If the right-shot Chis Tanev returns after missing 11 games with an ankle injury, he would pair well with Hughes. So would Troy Stecher. And Travis Green said he’d play Hughes “as much as I can.”

Hughes had 33 points (5-28) in 30 games this season with the disappointing 13-18-7 Wolverines. His eye-popping array of puck-moving wizardry — especially mobility to avoid the first forechecker with elite edge work — will be a boon to the back end. So will his ability to run a plodding and predictable power play that has sunk to 29th overall.

“He can snap passes or change the angle on his shot to get them through, but I don’t want to put too much pressure on him,” added Benning. “It’s a big step. I told him come in, work hard, don’t be nervous and do the things you’re capable of doing and I expect him to do that.”

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Quinn Hughes Signs A Three-Year ELC With The Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver, BC - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has signed defenceman Quinn Hughes to a three-year, entry-level contract.

"Quinn is an exceptional skater, strong on the puck and plays with creativity and vision," said Benning. "He was a leader on his team at the University of Michigan and has had success at the international level. We're excited for Quinn to join our team and continue to grow his game as a member of the Vancouver Canucks."

Hughes, 19, completed his second collegiate season with the University of Michigan Wolverines of the NCAA Big Ten Conference. He ranked first on the team in scoring with 33 points (5-28-33) in 32 games played this season, following up a rookie campaign of 29 points (5-24-29) in 37 games.

On the international stage, Hughes participated in the 2018 and 2019 IIHF World Junior Championships, helping Team USA to a silver medal in 2019 as an Assistant Captain.

The 5-10, 170-pound defenceman was drafted by Vancouver 7th overall in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. Hughes will to travel to Vancouver on Tuesday.

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Video- Quinn And Jack Hughes Today

Just over 2 minutes long.

 

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Dreaming Of The Hughes Brothers In Vancouver

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

While Quinn went seventh overall to the Canucks, Jack is, as we speak, the consensus No. 1 overall pick in 2019.

The Sedins, the best brothers tandem ever to play together in the NHL have retired. The Canucks are expected to finish within trading distance of the No. 1 spot in the draft.If lightning struck once, why not again?...

There is symmetry here, even if much of it exists in the dreamy world inhabited by Canucks fans. They had the Sedins, through Burke’s chicanery at the 1999 draft.

Why not the Hughes brothers as well?

The two combined for a game-winning goal late in a game against Canada early in this Showcase, with Jack setting up Quinn. They have rarely played on the same team in their lives, though there still exists some ‘Sedinery’ between them.

“I think there’s a connection there,” said Team USA coach Mike Hastings. “They both know that the other one is a pretty good player.”

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Video- Quinn Hughes In Action

3 assists for the day.

 

 

Ryan Biech has more highlights in his Twitter feed of today's game.

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Another Year Of College Hockey For Quinn Hughes

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The Hughes Hockey Family

from Lisa Dillman of The Athletic,

On a recent morning​ in​ early​ July, uber​ NHL​ prospect​ Jack​ Hughes​ was​ on​​ the ice at the Kings’ training facility, at an orientation camp hosted by CAA, the agency that currently advises the family. Weeks earlier, Jack’s older brother, Quinn Hughes, was taken seventh in the NHL draft by the Vancouver Canucks and the defenseman is mulling his future – whether to turn pro or return to the University of Michigan for his sophomore season.

The focus now shifts to Jack, the middle of three sons of Jim and Ellen Weinberg-Hughes, who is projected to go first in the 2019 NHL draft.

The camp in El Segundo was a chance to mix hockey with a bit of Hollywood before it becomes serious again with the World Junior Summer Showcase starting July 28 in Kamloops, British Columbia. Jack relished the chance to get some beach time and try his hand at volleyball on the sand.

“First of all, the weather in California is unreal,” Jack said in an interview with The Athletic. “The ocean, we don’t have that in Michigan or Toronto. Anytime you get the chance to come out here and learn new things, it’s really good. I love watching basketball, so I’d love to meet a guy like LeBron [James].  I love watching him.”

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Quinn Hughes A Great Fit For The Vancouver Canucks

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

Vancouver general manager Jim Benning, not typically prone to displays of ebullience, could barely contain his glee.

"I’m so happy and so excited for our fans that he was there because he’s a dynamic skater and can run a power play," Benning said. "With all the skilled forwards we have coming and our young goalies, this is really exciting. He’s such a skilled, exciting, dynamic player.

"He’s going to fit perfectly with the style of game we want to play because he can get back, get the puck and beat the first forechecker with speed. He can transition the puck up ice either by skating or making a good play. And he plays fast.

"Some luck came our way this year. We had a good day today."

The Canucks need a skilled, fast, offensive defenceman like the polar ice cap needs a cold spell. Vancouver’s last elite power-play quarterback was Paul Reinhart, who retired in 1990.

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