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Revisiting how Quinn Hughes managed to fall to seventh in the 2018 draft

Colton Pankiw   ·   23 janvier 2020
It’s hard to believe it was already over a year and a half ago since the Vancouver Canucks selected Quinn Hughes in the 2018 draft. Even harder to believe is that he was still on the board for Vancouver to grab with the seventh pick. For Canucks management, led by Jim Benning , it was a no brainer decision to draft the high profiled American defenceman.

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“We had told the agent and family that if Quinn was there at seven, he wasn’t getting past us,” said Benning.

As we all know now, it was a pick for the ages for the Canucks. Hughes has had an incredible rookie season, putting up 34 points through the first 48 games. His strong play has resulted in him being selected to play in the 2020 All-Star Game. All of this prompts one major question: how did he slide to number seven in the draft? In order to answer this question, we have to go back and revisit the 2018 draft.

Looking now, it is safe to say that both the Buffalo Sabres and the Carolina Hurricanes are still very happy with their picks of Rasmus Dahlin and Andrei Svechnikov. After that however, it gets more interesting. Although the Ottawa Senators have to be pleased with Brady Tkachuk, you’d have to think that the Montreal Canadiens (Jesperi Kotkaniemi, 3rd overall), Arizona Coyotes (Barrett Hayton, 5th overall) and Detroit Red Wings (Filip Zadina, 6th overall) may consider a do-over if the possibility existed.

It is important to remember that in the case of drafting, each team has different needs. Former Red Wings and current Edmonton Oilers general manager Ken Holland had this to say when explaining why he and the Red Wings elected to take Zadina over Hughes :

“Decisions that an organization has made in the past influence your picks. As an example, you can’t take a defenceman with a first-round pick nine years in a row. You’re building a hockey team and you’ve got to spread it around.”

Due to all teams addressing their own needs, Hughes fell right into the laps of the Canucks management, who had their eye on him for a long time before the draft.

“We just felt like at seven, if he was to ever fall to us he was gonna be a real good fit,” Benning said.

Safe to say he looks like a perfect fit for the Canucks so far. To this point, it appears the Canucks got the best of both worlds by getting the puck moving defenceman they desperately needed, and also selecting what so far looks to be the best player remaining in the draft.



Of course, it is extremely early in these players' careers to write any of them off or put too much into comparing one another. Most of the players selected in the 2018 draft are still just 19 and 20-year-old kids. However, based on what we have seen to this point, the Canucks may have gotten the steal of the draft. With Hughes leading the charge from the back end, and the young, extremely talented Elias Pettersson, the Canucks look like they are destined to be a contending team for years to come.

Source: Harman Dayal

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