Michigan defenseman Quinn Hughes had himself a great Friday night. The NHL Draft is an under the radar event these days, but it transpired nonetheless. During the early going of the proceedings, a Michigan Man (Hughes) had his name called.
"Any team looking for a power play quarterback who pushes the pace with the puck on his stick should look no further than Quinn Hughes."— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) June 23, 2018
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Hughes is a new breed of defenseman — he was consistently the fastest player on the ice for Michigan last season and can score goals just as well as wings and centers. His defense is also above average and his puck handling abilities are top notch.
The major knock on Hughes at the moment is he’s undersized and too light to take a beating by NHL pros. This notion is a bit silly, as most young players still have weight and muscle to add to their frame and he’s already shown to be a real tough kid. For what it’s worth, Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane received the same kind of negative banter and he has won a handful of hardware as a pro.
Hughes can return to Michigan or sign his pro contract and play for Vancouver in 2018. Hughes’ future is very much up in the air in this regard and there’s no feel one way or the other at the moment.
The 5-foot-10, 174-pound Hughes, just 18 years old, could come back to Michigan and sharpen his skills a bit while bulking up before heading to the pro ranks, or he could just head right to Vancouver and help the team in some capacity right from the get-go.
The Wolverines made the Frozen Four in 2017-18 and Hughes was a big part of the impressive run, totaling 5 goals and 24 assists.