Vancouver Canucks prospect Quinn Hughes’ University of Michigan team fell in their first game of the Big10 Playoffs to Minnesota — more importantly, Hughes was injured and did not return.
Sportsnet’s Rick Dhaliwal reported that the University of Michigan medical staff announced that Hughes will undergo an x-ray tomorrow and that his status for tomorrow evening’s game is questionable.
For those that don’t know, the first round of the Big10 playoffs is a best of three series. Game one was tonight and Michigan lost to the University of Minnesota. That means that game two tomorrow night could mark the end of Hughes’ season with Michigan if the team comes up short again and is eliminated from the playoffs.
If his team loses tomorrow, Hughes could arrive and make his Canucks’ and NHL debut as early as March 13th when the Canucks take on the New York Rangers at home from Rogers Arena. It would certainly be nice for Hughes to make his debut for the Canucks at home.
This injury, however, could jeopardize the much-anticipated arrival. We will be sure to update this article as more information arises, but for now, all we know is that Hughes has suffered an injury after blocking a shot late in the game that hit him on the foot and will have x-ray’s done sometime tomorrow.
Hopefully, the injury is nothing more than a slight bruise on his foot, as fans were excited to get a better look at Hughes and see what he can do to help the Canucks’ power play that has been struggling mightily as of late.
More to come.
UPDATE: Rick Dhaliwal has reported that he has been told that the injury to Hughes is indeed a bruised foot. No word yet on if he’ll play tomorrow, but the injury doesn’t sound long term right now. Breathe a sigh of relief with me, Canucks fans.