Quinn Hughes

Vancouver Canucks
Cam Robinson - DobberProspects

Fantasy Summary

Speed-driven, offensive defenseman who eats up minutes and racks up points.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 9.0
NHL Certainty 9.0
Country USA
Position D
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth October 14, 1999
Height 5‘10”
Weight 174 lbs
Drafted No

Observations

November 2018 – Hughes returned to College for his sophomore campaign and is off to a strong start. Despite playing through a nagging groin injury early on, the dynamic defender is clipping away at a point-per-game through nine contests. His skating has somehow reached another level and it affords him and his teammates’ countless chances each game. This is a player who could’ve been playing a sizable role in the NHL this year but chose to build his strength and all-around game in college for one more season. He and the Canucks will likely be all the better for it. Hughes will shine at the upcoming World Junior tournament that just happens to be hosted by Vancouver and Victoria. Expect a hero’s welcome from the fans. All of the sudden Vancouver is a fun team to watch; one that can apparently rack up some big goal totals. The glaring weakness is a puck-moving, power play quarterback. Hughes is coming and will take that role in short order. His upside remains sky-high. Cam Robinson

June 2018 – The Canucks nearly sprinted to the stage to select the dynamic defender seventh overall on the opening day of the NHL Entry Draft. Hughes immediately steps in as the team’s top defensive prospect and projects as the team’s future quarterback on the top powerplay unit that will feature Brock Boeser, Elias Pettersson, and Bo Horvat. Hughes owns incredible speed to go along with quick, sharp edges that allows him to exit the defensive zone, create separation through the neutral and gain entry into the fun end of the rink with consistency. He will never be a heavy player but his speed and smarts allow him to avoid contact from incoming forecheckers and gain good body position on attacking forwards. His fantasy potential is extremely high. Cam Robinson

April 2018 – After an initial feeling out phase as the NCAA’s youngest player, Hughes has been entering dominant mode. The Michigan state defender has turned things on at the right time for the Wolverines, recording 15 points in his last 14 games to help thrust his squad to the Frozen FourSemi-Final that takes place Thursday, April 5th. Hughes now sits with five goals and 29 points in 36 freshman games and is being considered by many as the second-best defensive prospect in this upcoming draft. For comparison sake, the 5’10 rearguard outproduced fellow 2018 draft pick and forward, Brady Tkachuk and has more points than 2017 fourth overall pick, Cale Makar as a first year NCAA player. Hughes blends exqusite edgework with blistering acceleration and a mind for creating offense. He’s a one man breakout machine and could challenge Filip Zadina for third overall when names are being called in Dallas this June. Cam Robinson

July 2017 – The 2018 NHL Draft class is chalked full of offensive and undersized defensemen and Hughes may be the best of the bunch after Dahlin. The small defenseman can play in today’s NHL as long as they are an exceptional skater, and can create transition offense. Hughes checks both those boxes with conviction. Hughes has excellent skating, his quick acceleration gets him to top speed in two or three quick strides, his edgework and mobility allow him to angle off defenders as he carries the puck through the neutral zone and gain the offensive zone possession. Once set up his vision and puck skills allow him to distribute the puck quickly, decisively and effectively. Hughes has a very high hockey IQ and offensive vision, but at the same time has strong defensive instincts and reads plays well defensively. He uses his skating and mobility well to anticipate and intercept plays and passes and take away passing lanes.

As a NCAA freshman at University of Michigan, Hughes is posting very impressive offensive numbers. His deployment with USA at the World Junior was more limited but he still posted solid numbers with three points in seven games. Playing in College will allow Hughes to spend a lot of time in the weight room adding the required strength he will need to continue to be successful when he moves into the pro ranks.

Despite having a late birthday and missing the 2017 Draft by just a month, Hughes likely needs more development time before he is a fantasy must own playing in the NHL. Depending on which NHL team drafts him, he could spend one or two more years in the NCAA and or AHL before he is in the show. Peter Harling


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2008-2009 Toronto Pro Hockey Brick Invitational 5 2 1 3 0 | Playoffs 1 0 0 0
 2013-2014 Toronto Marlboros Bantam AAA GTBHL - - - - - |          
  Toronto Marlboros Mn Mdgt AAA OHL Cup 3 0 0 0 2 |          
 2014-2015 Toronto Marlboros Mn Mdgt AAA GTMMHL 74 13 31 44 16 |          
  St. Michael's Buzzers OJHL 1 0 0 0 10 |          
  Toronto Marlboros Mn Mdgt AAA OHL Cup 5 2 2 4 2 |          
 2015-2016 USNTDP Juniors USHL 34 4 7 11 10 |          
  U.S. National U17 Team USDP 57 7 17 24 24 |          
  USA U17 WHC-17 5 1 5 6 6 |          
 2016-2017 USNTDP Juniors USHL 26 4 22 26 10 |          
  U.S. National U18 Team USDP 65 10 43 53 30 |          
  USA U18 WJC-18 7 1 4 5 4 |          
 2017-2018 Univ. of Michigan NCAA 37 5 24 29 26 |          
  USA U20 WJC-20 7 0 3 3 6 |          
  USA WC 10 0 2 2 2 |          
 2018-2019 Univ. of Michigan NCAA 9 3 6 9 2 |          

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