Canucks prospect Quinn Hughes sets up highlight-reel OT goal (VIDEO)

Aug 2 2018, 11:32 pm

The kid can dangle.

And dish.

Hockey fans attending the World Junior Showcase in Kamloops were treated to a show from Canucks first-round pick Quinn Hughes on Thursday.

Sure, it’s hockey in August. I know, the arena was mostly empty. But that doesn’t change the fact that this is an early preview of what to expect at the World Juniors in Vancouver and Victoria this December.

And Hughes has got moves.

Watch as Hughes dekes through the first Swedish checker, before pulling the puck around a second player and finding open USA teammate Josh Norris for the game-winning goal with two seconds left in overtime.

It’s easy to forget he’s a defenceman.

Hughes had three assists in a 5-4 win for Team USA, showing off his speed, lateral movement, stickhandling, vision multiple times.

His first assist was to his younger brother Jack, who is expected to be picked first overall at the NHL Draft in Vancouver next year.

His second helper was even more impressive, as he went for a skate before finding teammate Jason Robertson open in front.

Here’s another look:

Apart from the assists, he did fun stuff like this:

Hughes now has four points in three games in the tournament, having also scored the game-winning goal against Canada on Tuesday.

Hughes, 18, recently announced that he will return to the University of Michigan for another season of NCAA hockey, so Canucks fans will have to watch him from afar for a little while longer.

You get the feeling that Hughes is going to be this year’s version of Elias Pettersson – as a prospect Canucks fans will marvel at through grainy highlights throughout the season.

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