The Unfair Treatment of Quinn Hughes: How NHL Analysts are Overlooking a Defensive Superstar

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Quinn Hughes, a talented defenseman for the Vancouver Canucks, is no stranger to criticism. Despite being one of the league’s top players, Hughes has been the subject of unwarranted snubs by both the league and analysts. The most recent was the NHL Tweet for the Norris Trophy, awarded for the best overall defenseman. This article explores the reasons behind these snubs and argues for Hughes’ rightful place among the league’s elite.

The Numbers Don’t Lie

Quinn Hughes’ talent is undeniable. In his rookie season, he finished with 53 points in 68 games, the second-highest point total for a rookie defenseman in the past 26 years. In 2021-22, he finished with 68 points in 76 games. This year Despite these impressive numbers, Hughes has yet to receive the recognition he deserves from the league and analysts. Many of these experts are the first to say he’s a defensive liability which is absurd if you watch the 7th overall pick in 2018.

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Some analysts have criticized Hughes for his defensive abilities, claiming that he lacks physicality and struggles in his own zone. However, this criticism is unfounded. Hughes is a dynamic player who excels in all aspects of the game, including defense. His ability to break up plays and create turnovers is a testament to his defensive prowess while usually being one of the smaller players in the league.

A Bright Future

Despite the snubs, Hughes remains a promising player with a bright future. He has already established himself as one of the league’s top defensemen and is poised to become a franchise cornerstone for the Vancouver Canucks. As he continues to develop and hone his skills, it’s only a matter of time before the league and analysts recognize his talent and give him the credit he deserves.

In conclusion, Quinn Hughes’ snubs by the league and analysts are unwarranted and unjustified. His talent and skill on the ice are undeniable, and he has already proven himself to be one of the league’s top defensemen. As Hughes continues to develop and improve, it’s only a matter of time before he receives the recognition he deserves.

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Hello there! I'm Jake Hughes, a passionate sports enthusiast based in vibrant Calgary, Alberta. Despite being in the heart of Flames territory, my loyalty lies with the Canucks, and you'll often find me proudly representing my team wherever I go. Professionally, I wear multiple hats in the sports world. As a co-host of the Hughes Sports Podcast, I dive deep into the world of sports, providing insightful analysis, engaging discussions, and interviews with prominent athletes and industry experts. I love exploring different aspects of sports and sharing my knowledge and opinions with our loyal listeners. In addition to podcasting, I'm also a proud contributor to a leading sports website. Through my articles, I offer a unique perspective on the latest happenings in the sports industry, with a particular focus on the Canucks. From game recaps and player profiles to trade rumors and playoff predictions, I strive to keep readers informed and entertained. Furthermore, I'm excited to announce my contributions to, a premier hockey website known for its comprehensive coverage of the NHL. Through my articles on, I delve into the intricacies of the game, provide in-depth analysis of teams and players, and share my insights on the evolving dynamics of the hockey landscape. It's a privilege to be a part of such a respected platform, and I look forward to connecting with more hockey fans through this exciting opportunity.

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