Immediately after the Canucks selected Quinn Hughes with the sixth-overall pick in the 2018 draft, the fantasizing about the Hughes Boys being the new set of superstar brothers in Vancouver began. It would have been perfect. With Daniel and Henrik Sedin retiring last year, Quinn and Jack Hughes could have taken the throne.
Unfortunately, the lottery balls didn’t fall in Vancouver’s favour. With Draft Lottery Champion Taylor Hall (he was a lottery win pick himself, he was traded to Edmonton one-for-one for another lottery win pick, and the Oilers and Devils have won four lotteries with him in the organization) in the mix, the New Jersey Devils jumped from third overall to first overall.
There’s no doubt they’ll be drafting Jack Hughes with the first pick. Hughes is the consensus No. 1 prospect, he had a whopping 112 points in 50 games with the United States Developmental Team, and he just recently racked up 20 points in seven games at the World U-18 World Junior Championship.
Brady already wrote about the idea of the Canucks trading up to draft Hughes first overall. Let’s talk about the other side of that coin.
If we’re being honest, the Devils probably have the same idea about uniting the Hughes Brothers. There’s a very good chance Ray Shero will jump on the phone with Jim Benning and ask what it’ll cost for the Devils to acquire Quinn to play with Jack next year.
Back in January, Craig Button did a list of his Top-50 NHL affiliated prospects and Quinn Hughes was ranked No. 8. He scored 33 points in 32 games for the University of Michigan and then racked up three assists in five games for the Canucks after signing his entry-level deal.
He’s obviously a blue-chip prospect and is somebody the Canucks are planning to build their blueline around, but if the Devils badly wanted to unite the Hughes Brothers, what would it take for you let him go? A lot, right? Would you even consider it?