Standout Defenseman Quinn Hughes Is Being Compared To 3 Time Norris Trophy Winner By NHL Hockey Insider Elliotte Friedman

Published November 22, 2023 at 0:01
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Fans of the Vancouver Canucks have been treated to some special hockey so far this season. The team looks much better than even the most optimistic fans could have guess and all the team's top players are performing at career-best levels. Leading the way is the team's new captain, Quinn Hughes.


Hughes Compared To Prime Erik Karlsson



NHL insider Elliotte Friedman commented on the 24-year-old defenseman, giving him high praise. He went so far as to compare him to prime Erik Karlsson.


Friedman on Quinn Hughes (TJMS): "It's becoming like Erik Karlsson...I don't know if Karlsson ever scared people as much as a shooter, he was a guy who can single handedly break down your defence then make a pass that led to a goal...Boy, it's reminding me of prime Erik Karlsson"


Hughes Is A Human Highlight Reel



Hughes has been an unstoppable force this year. The blueliner was already one of the most consistent playmakers in the league last year but this year he's suddenly added an elite shot, making him one of the most dangerous offensive players in the entire league, not just among defensemen.


In fact, the defender leads the league in scoring with 30 points. No small feat for a defenseman this late into the season.


Hughes has been on a scorching heater, recording 14 points over his current eight-game point streak. Last season, a hot stretch for Hughes likely would have included 9 or 10 assists and maybe a goal. On this streak he has 4 goals and 10 assists. At this point he is certainly the Norris trophy favorite.


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Standout Defenseman Quinn Hughes Is Being Compared To 3 Time Norris Trophy Winner By NHL Hockey Insider Elliotte Friedman

Will Quinn Hughes win the Norris trophy this year?

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