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Quinn Hughes will make season debut

The Quinn Hughes era is upon Vancouver.

After the morning skate this morning, it was announced that Quinn Hughes would be making his Canucks debut against the L.A. Kings later this evening.

Fans are rightfully excited to see what the 19-year-old defenceman can do on the backend for the organization. He provides a fantastic combination of transition and puck possession that none of the other defencemen can give.

There should be tempered expectations on what he can do but it’s hard to not get excited about him playing. He is expected to start the game with Luke Schenn and see time on the second powerplay unit.

Capfriendly pointed out that Hughes has a performance bonus in his contract:

It was reported at the time of signing but given that Hughes missed some time due to injury, there are only enough games left for him to hit that bonus. With that in mind, we could probably see Hughes in all the remaining games this season.

Ben Hutton is also expected to make his return to the lineup after missing some time due to injury. His play this season has been a bit of an underrated story in terms after struggling so much last season.

Lastly, Sven Baertschi will sit out tonight and Ryan Spooner will take his place,his this being done due to fatigue for Baertschi.

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    • Me

      Players have to cut strenuous exercise when they’re on concussion protocol. Depending on how much time Sven was at that level of the protocol it’s entirely likely he’s just not in NHL shape right now.

  • Burnabybob

    I can’t remember a time when the Canucks debuted so many exciting young players in quick succession. Back to back Calder trophy candidates in Boeser and Pettersson, and next year will be Hughes’ rookie season.

    The biggest remaining additions the Canucks need are:

    1. A wing man for Horvat who can put up at least 60 points and provide some scoring depth

    and

    2. A defenseman who can play on Hughes’ right side who is defensively sound and can shoot the puck. Maybe someone like Sami Salo, minus the constant injuries. (Maybe Jett Woo is that player. We will find out in the next year or two.)

  • Hockey Bunker

    I think he has a bright future but his D partner is a living example of what happens when fan and team expectations get out of hand. Luke Schenn was going to be a superstar. Only he isn’t. Let’s keep our expectations in check .

  • Hockey Bunker

    I think he has a bright future b aut his D partner is a living example of what happens when fan and team expectations get out of hand. Luke Schenn was going to be a superstar. Only he isn’t. Let’s keep our expectations in check .

      • canuckfan

        I agree with the above comment and am happy that he knew Schenn when he came into the league and his storey and hope that he can learn from Schenn about how life in the NHL is unforgiving. Just look at how people attack the players on this site. Wish Hughes all the best glad that he went back to college now its time to get to work to see if he can make the jump successfully into the NHL. If he can Canucks are going to need a player like Schenn to shield him from being run, as well as the other young Canuck stars who aren’t the biggest. Tonight lets just let him play a simple game and a chance to play the powerplay then grow into his free wheeling.