Vancouver Canucks 2018-19 season grades: Quinn Hughes

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VANCOUVER, BC – MARCH 28: Brock Boeser #6 of the Vancouver Canucks is congratulated by teammates Quinn Hughes #43 an d Elias Pettersson #40 after scoring during their NHL game against the Los Angeles Kings at Rogers Arena March 28, 2019 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Vancouver won 3-2. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

Expectations for Next Season

So what can we expect to see from Hughes next year? A nomination for the Calder trophy? Maybe, but let’s not get too ahead of ourselves. It would be great to see the Canucks have one of their players nominated for the award — given to the league’s top rookie — three years in a row, but let’s not set the bar too high for Hughes.

Hughes is a great defenceman, and he doesn’t need to win the Calder or even be nominated for the award in order to have a successful season. All he needs to do is be solid in his own end and help the Canucks win games. That’s all. Think of the Canucks’ defenceman this season. Very few, if any, are able to rush the puck up the ice and blow past the opposition to generate a scoring chance — Hughes has that ability.

Hughes will also almost surely be on the Canucks’ top power play unit along with Elias Pettersson and Boeser. The chemistry between these three is almost undeniable, after seeing what they did together in three on three overtime, but more on that in tomorrow’s article.

Hughes being put on the power play doesn’t necessarily mean that he will replace Alex Edler, either. If head coach Travis Green really wants to keep Edler on the power play unit, Hughes can slide over to the right side. Having someone with Hughes’ passing and skating abilities at your fingertips is something you just can’t pass up.

Hughes showed his power play prowess this year on the second unit, picking up two assists in a single game — both on the power play. We can expect to see Hughes deployed on the first power play unit as early as October next season.

What do you think Canucks fans? Were you pleased with Hughes’ play this year? I know I sure was, and I’m looking forward to seeing what else he is capable of! Be sure to check back tomorrow, where I recap the three most memorable moments from his short season!

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