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2018 NHL Draft Profile: Quinn Hughes

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Quinn Hughes, University of Michigan (NCAA)

The Numbers

Position: Defenseman

Age on Draft Day: 18

Height/Weight: 5’10”, 175 lbs.

2017-2018 Stats: 37 GP, 5 G, 24 A

Projection: Top-four QB Defenseman

Let’s get this out of the way right now.. What you read from here out will be completely biased. I am the captain, conductor, CEO, and president of the Quinn Hughes hype-train.

Thank you for reading.

The hype in this class surrounds Rasmus Dahlin, and for good reason — Dahlin is a complete package. He is the closest to Nicklas Lidstrom the NHL may see in a long time, but he’s not the best at everything in his class. (in my humble, professional, and correct opinion)

Okay, with all seriousness, Quinn Hughes is a remarkably gifted offensive rearguard. At the tender age of 18, he played a huge role in the University of Michigan’s journey to the Frozen Four, and then continued to impress in Team USA’s bronze campaign in the 2018 World Championship. Perhaps he is not the biggest of the bunch, but he’s destined to be an impact player in the NHL.

Now here’s the thing... There is one bonafide NHL-ready defenseman in this Draft. The name is obvious, but how far off is Quinn Hughes?

I’d give Hughes another year in the NCAA. If the Red Wings are drafting him, there’s no need to rush. Give him some time to fill out and develop into a better player. He could use a lot of work with his shot. The upside for him is that his skating instincts are effective at creating space — So a stronger shot combined with that could make for a truly elite defenseman.

Bottom Line

I’m staying firm the Red Wings can’t go wrong with what will be available. Most years I preach best player available, but this time around, go for a blue chip rearguard.

When it comes down to Evan Bouchard, Adam Boqvist, and Quinn Hughes, I gotta go with my heart. Hughes is likely the best skater in the draft. Forget the size narrative. Plus, won’t it be fun to see Quinn and Jack playing on the same team in a few years?


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