Quinn Hughes is Here and Ready to Change the Canucks
- Vancouver Canucks training camp begins Friday in Victoria, and all eyes will be on highly touted defenceman Quinn Hughes.
- Hughes is expected to make the cut and is looking forward to some real game action.
“I’m excited to just get going,” Hughes told the media on Monday. “It’s been a long summer. I don’t really want to work-out anymore. I want to play. So, that’s what I’m excited for.”
- There’s little doubt, if any, that Quinn Hughes will be in the Vancouver Canucks opening night lineup in roughly three weeks time.
- The Canucks haven’t had a rookie forward on the same level as Elias Pettersson in a long time, but it’s been even longer since they had a defenceman of the same calibre as Hughes.
- Fans were treated to watching Pettersson compete and saw him change the course of the Canucks rebuild right before their very eyes.
- Now it’s time for Quinn Hughes to completely revitalize the Canucks’ defence corps.
- We’ve heard countless times before that the Canucks haven’t had a defenceman with Hughes’ level of talent ever before, and that’s hard to argue with.
- His superior skating abilities along with his top-notch hockey IQ and elusiveness make him a unique defender who is built for the modern-day NHL.
- This modern style defender is a contrast to the style of big and tall defenders such as Erik Gudbranson, who Canucks’ general manager Jim Benning was once extremely high on.
- Hughes’ ability to wheel the puck up the ice and quickly transition the play the other way for his team will be key to the Canucks if they expect to be more competitive going forward.
- Since joining the Canucks on March 29th, Hughes led all Vancouver defencemen in successful carry-outs with 29.
- Alex Edler and Troy Stecher had the second most with 12.
- With rookies like his own brother and 2019 second overall pick, Kaapo Kakko likely in the running, winning the Calder will certainly be a tall task for Quinn to accomplish.
- Nonetheless, no matter where Hughes finishes in Calder trophy voting, he will change the way that fans in this market think of defence.
- Gone are the days of the dump and chase from the red line, rather, fans will become accustomed to seeing agile defencemen elude the opposition as they burst into the zone with a head full of steam.
- Leading the charge for years to come on the Canucks, will be Quinn Hughes.
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