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Quinn Hughes Or Someone Else?

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Why Red Wings would be interested: They need to upgrade their skill level on defense and Hughes is a tremendous skater and puck-mover.

NHL Central Scouting says: "A smooth-skating mobile defenseman who carries the puck very well and can transition from defense to offense with his feet or by making a pass. He reads the play very well and uses good positioning and the use of his angles to defend. Projects to be a top-four defenseman in today's game because of his skating and puck skills."

Red Line Report says: "Has both a good and bad side to his nature. Undersized D-man is an elite skater with a high-end offensive skill set. Explodes to speed in just a couple of powerful, effortless strides and has superb balance to allow instantaneous changes of direction. Skates the puck out of his own end and makes dangerous dashes up the ice, regularly leading the rush. Finds teammates through traffic with creative passes. On the downside, he also gets caught up ice, or out of position in own end, fairly frequently. Strong for his size and uses low center of gravity to roll off checks and maintain puck possession. Keeps his head up, advancing pucks with smart outlets. Aggressive offensive mindset -- always attacking and looking to energize the transition game. Active stick but relies too much on the poke-check and doesn't take the right angles to keep forwards to the outside. Has trouble matching up against bigger, stronger opponents, but has the hockey sense to learn."

Summary: Mock drafts are divided on Hughes. He's projected to go anywhere from No. 4 to No. 9 by many accounts. If he's available to the Red Wings, they must decide whether to take a bigger defenseman like Evan Bouchard or Noah Dobson (if either is available) or add another smaller defenseman to their system.

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Video- Missed The NHL Awards Last Night?

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Here is an 8 1/2 minute highlight package.

 

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Three Moving Videos From Tonight’s NHL Awards Show

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via the YouTube page of the NHL

Las Vegas first responders and the Golden Knights are honored on stage at the 2018 NHL Awards for their role in healing the city after tragedy struck just before the season began.

 

 

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas hockey team joins the 2018 NHL Awards in Las Vegas to present the Calder Trophy to New York Islanders youngster Mathew Barzal, after his breakout rookie season!

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Recap Of Tonight’s Awards Show

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LAS VEGAS (June 20, 2018) – Left wing Taylor Hall of the New Jersey Devils, whose 93 points (39 goals, 54 assists) set career highs across the board and propelled the Devils to a 27-point improvement in the standings as well as their first playoff appearance since 2011-12, captured the Hart Memorial Trophy as NHL MVP at the 2018 NHL Awards, held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas.

Hall received 72 first-place tallies among the 164 ballots cast by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association (PHWA) and garnered 1,264 voting points to edge Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon, the top choice of 60 voters for 1,194 points. It marked the closest Hart Trophy race since 2012-13, when Alex Ovechkin (WSH) edged Sidney Crosby (PIT), 1,090-1,058. Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar finished third in balloting with 551 points.

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Your NHL All-Star Teams

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LAS VEGAS (June 20, 2018) – NHL MVP Taylor Hall of the New Jersey Devils, voted to his first career berth on the First All-Star Team, heads the list of players on the 2017-18 National Hockey League postseason All-Star Teams. Hall, who received the Hart Trophy as the League’s most valuable player at the 2018 NHL Awards, posted a career-high 93 points in propelling the Devils to a 27-point improvement in the standings and their first playoff appearance since 2011-12.

Joining Hall on the First Team are three other first-time members of the top echelon: defenseman Victor Hedman and right wing Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning, and goaltender Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators. The other two members of the 2017-18 squad are repeat selections: center Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers earns a place for the second consecutive season, while defenseman Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings returns to the First Team for the first time since 2015-16.

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The Hart Trophy Goes To Taylor Hall

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via NHL PR,

Left wing Taylor Hall of the New Jersey Devils has won the Hart Memorial Trophy, awarded “to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team,” as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

Hall received 72 first-place tallies among the 164 ballots cast and garnered 1,264 voting points to edge Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon, the top choice of 60 voters for 1,194 points. It marked the closest Hart Trophy race since 2012-13, when Alex Ovechkin (WSH) edged Sidney Crosby (PIT), 1,090-1,058. Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar finished third in balloting with 551 points.

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George McPhee Named GM Of The Year

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via NHL PR,

George McPhee of the Vegas Golden Knights is the 2017-18 winner of the NHL General Manager of the Year Award. Voting for this award was conducted among NHL Club General Managers and a panel of NHL executives, print and broadcast media at the conclusion of the Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

McPhee received 25 first-place votes among the 39 ballots and a total of 149 voting points, ahead of second-place Kevin Cheveldayoff of the Winnipeg Jets (107 points) and third-place Steve Yzerman of the Tampa Bay Lightning (46 points), the 2015 GM of the Year Award recipient.

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Pekka Rinne Wins The Vezina Trophy

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via NHL PR,

Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators has captured the Vezina Trophy, awarded to the “goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position,” as selected by NHL General Managers. Prior to 1981-82, the Vezina was awarded to the goaltender(s) whose team allowed the fewest goals during the regular season, the current criterion for the William M. Jennings Trophy.

Rinne was a runaway winner, garnering 22 first-place votes from the 31 cast by NHL General Managers. His 129 voting points placed him ahead of second-place Connor Hellebuyck of the Winnipeg Jets (82 points) and third-place Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Tampa Bay Lightning (21 points).

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Gerard Gallant Wins The Jack Adams Award

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via NHL PR,

Vegas Golden Knights head coach Gerard Gallant has captured the Jack Adams Award as “the NHL coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team’s success,” as selected by the NHL Broadcasters’ Association.

Gallant dominated Jack Adams balloting by attracting 102 first-place votes among the 108 ballots cast for 525 voting points. Second-place Bruce Cassidy of the Boston Bruins received two first-place votes and 153 voting points, while third-place Jared Bednar of the Colorado Avalanche was the top selection on four ballots in collecting 114 points.

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Anze Kopitar Wins The Selke Trophy

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via NHL PR,

Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar has won his second career Frank J. Selke Trophy, recognizing “the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game,” as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

Kopitar garnered 1,152 voting points, including 70 first-place votes, to edge second-place center Sean Couturier of the Philadelphia Flyers (976 voting points). Center Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins, a Selke finalist for an unprecedented seventh consecutive year and with a record-tying four Selke wins, finished third with 817 points.

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