The stars could be aligned on Thursday, and Canucks fans could witness the most hyped defence prospect in team history take the ice for his first NHL game.
After today’s practice, pairing with defenceman Luke Schenn and on the second power play line, Quinn Hughes is expected to be in the lineup tomorrow as the Canucks host the LA Kings at Rogers Arena.
Hughes was set to make his NHL debut earlier this month until a blocked shot left him with a bruised ankle and in a walking boot.
“I feel close to 100, if not 100,” Hughes said after today’s practice. “I feel good, so whenever they tell me I’m playing I’m going to play.”
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The Canucks signed the 19-year-old to a three-year, entry-level contract on March 10 – the day after his college career came to an end with the University of Michigan. Since then, Canucks fans have been eagerly waiting to see the first-round (seventh overall) draft pick suit up in the blue and green.
Getting the chance to pair with 29-year-old Schenn, who has over 700 games under his belt, will make the transition from college to NHL easier for Hughes.
“I remember when he was 18 and playing for Toronto.. he definitely knows what he’s talking about,” Hughes said. “When you’ve got an experienced vet behind you like him it’s pretty easy and I’m just going to follow his lead.”
“I’m excited,” Hughes said.
We all are.