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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.

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TOP 20 G A PTS
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JAKUB VORACEK
1 1 2
TYLER ENNIS
- 2 2
JOEL FARABEE
- 2 2
CLAUDE GIROUX
- 2 2
COMPLETE LIST  
NHL LEADERS
POINTS GP PTS
LEON DRAISAITL
59 95
NATHAN MACKINNON
58 82
DAVID PASTRNAK
60 82
CONNOR MCDAVID
55 81
ARTEMI PANARIN
57 78
JACK EICHEL
59 75
PATRICK KANE
59 74
BRAD MARCHAND
60 74
NIKITA KUCHEROV
58 73
AUSTON MATTHEWS
61 72
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GOALS GP G
AUSTON MATTHEWS
61 43
DAVID PASTRNAK
60 42
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN
58 40
SEBASTIAN AHO
59 34
LEON DRAISAITL
59 34
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ASSISTS GP A
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59 61
JOHN CARLSON
59 55
CONNOR MCDAVID
55 51
BRAD MARCHAND
60 51
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
59 50
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
DEFENSEMEN GP PTS
JOHN CARLSON
59 70
ROMAN JOSI
59 57
VICTOR HEDMAN
58 49
ALEX PIETRANGELO
60 47
QUINN HUGHES
58 45
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ROOKIES GP PTS
QUINN HUGHES
58 45
CALE MAKAR
50 43
VICTOR OLOFSSON
45 40
NICK SUZUKI
62 40
DOMINIK KUBALIK
57 36
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WINS GP W
ANDREI VASILEVSKIY
44 32
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
50 26
JORDAN BINNINGTON
43 25
FREDERIK ANDERSEN
45 24
CAREY PRICE
51 24
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SHUTOUTS GP SO
ELVIS MERZLIKINS
29 5
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY
43 4
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
50 4
JAMES REIMER
24 3
JAROSLAV HALAK
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