Canucks: 3 takeaways from Vancouver’s 4-3 shootout loss to Hurricanes

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Quinn Hughes adds to his rookie scoring lead

It took a while but Hughes finally found himself on top of the rookie-scoring race after an excellent game-winning, two-goal performance against the New York Islanders on Saturday. He decided to add to the lead when he tallied an assist on the games opening goal of the first period.

He was the secondary assist on Pettersson’s spinning goal, but overall Hughes had himself a good game. He inches closer to surpassing the rookie numbers of Swedish defender Rasmus Dahlin that were put out in 2018-19 and should have no problem widening the gap for the next young rookie defender to chase.

With his 32nd assist of the campaign, Hughes reaches the 39 point mark in just 52 games played. If I remember correctly, a lot of professionals had Hughes pegged to reach such a total by season’s end. Without a doubt, Hughes is performing like the best defenceman the Canucks have ever seen. Quite remarkable considering he’s just 20-years of age.

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Final Thoughts…

The Canucks should be happy they escaped with a point. Time for the Canucks to regroup and try to improve a 2-0-1 road trip record in a battle with the forever rivalled Boston Bruins on Tuesday. Puck drops at 4 PM.