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Simmer’s Skate: Canucks Hughes Ranked 12th, NYI LInemate Task



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Vancouver Canucks defenceman Quinn Hughes.

The NHL Network in the US ranked Quinn Hughes of the Vancouver Canucks the 12th best defenceman in the NHL in their top-20 rankings that came out on Sunday. The rationale in his case was very straightforward statistically as opposed to a matter of opinion. The related article on pointed out:

“His 31 power-play assists were sixth in the NHL, and he led Vancouver in average ice time per game (25:15). He has had at least 41 points in each of his three full NHL seasons and was runner-up for the Calder Trophy as NHL rookie of the year in 2020.”

This past season’s Calder Trophy winner Moritz Seider of the Detroit Red Wings actually ranked just ahead of Hughes. Most recent Norris Trophy winner and Stanley Cup champion Cale Makar of the Colorado Avalanche was ranked number-one, Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning number-two, and Nashville Predator’s captain Roman Josi number-three.

Hughes ranks 12th all-time in scoring among defenceman in Vancouver Canucks history with 165 points.

Let’s Skate!

Two whacks from the Canadiens and one from the Flames:

Montreal continues to move out long-term contracts and acquire soon-to-be free agents, which will lead to some interesting options at the trade deadline.

With the real threat of an offer sheet looming next summer, the feeling is the Habs will not wait long to sign Cole Caufield to an extension during this season.

Calgary Flames forward Nazem Kadri promises to ‘get the job done’ with the Flames.

More Pacific Division

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San Jose Hockey Now sits down with new San Jose Sharks director of amateur scouting Chris Morehouse to see what he looks for in players.

Eastern Joy Joy

NYI Hockey Now: The New York Islanders always seemed to have a problem finding linemates for John Tavares, and now the club would like to find some permanence for newer franchise player Matt Barzal.

Florida Hockey Now: The Florida Panthers hope to take full advantage of an advantageous early season schedule.

Detroit Hockey Now: Detroit Red Wings forward Jakub Vrana is finally healthy and ready to go.

Philly Hockey Now: Which six Philadelphia Flyers might have a bounce-back year during the 2022-2023 season?

Have a great week!

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