Quinn Hughes

Quinn Hughes

23-Year-Old DefensemanD
Vancouver Canucks
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Fantasy managers selecting Hughes early in their drafts are hoping for offensive production, mainly with the man advantage. Hughes provided that and then some a year ago, as his 68 points in 70 games, including 31 on the power play, marked a career high. Hughes finished tied for sixth in defenseman scoring with Pittsburgh's Kris Letang and Toronto's Morgan Rielly. As good as Hughes looked a year ago, it wouldn't be the least bit shocking to see him improve this coming season. Hughes is a legitimate No. 1 fantasy defender and a player well worth reaching for in drafts this fall. He will play the entirety of this upcoming season at age 23. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a six-year, $47.1 million contract with the Canucks in October of 2021.
Nabs another helper
DVancouver Canucks
November 27, 2022
Hughes logged an assist and blocked two shots in Sunday's 4-3 overtime win over the Sharks.
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Hughes helped out on Andrei Kuzmenko's game-winning goal 1:12 into overtime. The assist was Hughes' seventh in the last five games, and he's up to 21 helpers in 18 contests this season. The 23-year-old is still looking for goal No. 1, having logged 33 shots on net, 18 blocked shots and a plus-4 rating in addition to his usual stellar playmaking.
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2022–23 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    24:37
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    4:09
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:09
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2020–21
22:48
3:40
0:03
2021–22
25:15
3:29
1:12
2022–23
24:37
4:09
1:09
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Hughes is undoubtedly one of the most gifted scorers among young NHL blueliners after putting up 41 points in 56 games during his second full season. One thing that will keep him out of the same echelon as Cale Makar, Adam Fox and Miro Heiskanen is Hughes' lack of refinement in his own zone, as evidenced by his minus-24 rating last year. While the Canucks have upgraded their roster, it's unclear if Hughes will be able to take the next step to become a solid all-around defender. He'll be an elite option in fantasy formats that focus on scoring and power-play output, but a lack of physical play could leave him in the "very good" tier in broader formats. The Florida native should settle in around 50-to-55 points with nearly half of that coming on the power play.
Hughes burst onto the scene with a studly 53 points in 68 games in 2019-20. He earned a nomination for the Calder Trophy, but lost out to Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar for Rookie of the Year honors. That's not to say Hughes wasn't worthy -- he ended the campaign tied for fourth among NHL blueliners in points. The future is bright for Hughes, who will almost certainly be an elite defenseman for years to come. He'll continue to feature heavily on the Canucks' power play while also earning more minutes overall in 2020-21. The 21-year-old isn't likely to add much physically, but the high-tier point production is enough to make him a top-10 fantasy defenseman, anyway.
Hughes got a tiny taste of NHL action at the end of last season after beginning it at the University of Michigan. Billed as a mobile, puck-moving defenseman, the 19-year-old recorded three assists in five games to finish off the 2018-19 campaign, and all signs point to him being part of the Canucks' 2019-20 plans. Assuming he breaks camp with the big club, he'll probably see a good chunk of power-play time. Already a must-own in dynasty formats, Hughes is entering the stage of his NHL career where he now carries serious upside in traditional fantasy formats, so keep him top-of-mind when draft day rolls around as he figures to be a key cog in Vancouver's back end for the foreseeable future.
Set to return to the University of Michigan for the 2018-19 season, Hughes will have value mainly in dynasty leagues and perhaps late in the season if the Canucks decide he's ready for the NHL right out of college. The 18-year-old defenseman dazzled at the World Junior Showcase, including a brilliant helper in overtime against Sweden. While slightly undersized at 5-foot-9, the slick skater makes up for it with his speed and stickhandling ability. While he may not have a huge role in the NHL this season, it shouldn't be too long before Hughes is a staple on the back end for the Canucks.
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Reaches 20-assist mark
DVancouver Canucks
November 26, 2022
Hughes notched two power-play assists and two shots on goal in Saturday's 5-1 win over the Golden Knights.
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Puts up two assists again
DVancouver Canucks
November 21, 2022
Hughes notched a pair of assists, two shots on goal and a plus-2 rating in Monday's 5-4 loss to the Golden Knights.
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Gets two helpers Friday
DVancouver Canucks
November 18, 2022
Hughes registered two assists in a 4-1 victory against the Kings on Friday.
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Picks up two more helpers
DVancouver Canucks
November 5, 2022
Hughes logged two assists, including one on the power play, and blocked two shots in Saturday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Predators.
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Dishes two power-play assists
DVancouver Canucks
November 3, 2022
Hughes registered a pair of power-play assist and two shots on goal in Thursday's 8-5 win over the Ducks.
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