Canucks' Hughes joins elite company with hot start to playoffs
It's safe to say Quinn Hughes is feeling it right now.
The Vancouver Canucks phenom matched the longest playoff point streak by a rookie defenseman in NHL history with an assist during Game 3 against the St. Louis Blues on Sunday night, according to NHL Public Relations.
Additionally, Hughes is the third rookie defenseman with at least nine points through his first seven playoff games, per Sportsnet Stats. He joins Hall of Famer Ray Bourque, who accomplished the feat with the Boston Bruins in 1980, and the legendary Gary Suter, who reached the mark in 1986 with the Calgary Flames.
Furthermore, Hughes has tied Henrik Sedin for a Canucks franchise record with six consecutive postseason games with an assist, according to Sportsnet's Joey Kenward.
Hughes is considered the frontrunner for the Calder Trophy after recording 53 points in 68 contests during the regular season, but it's clear his game has taken an additional step forward since the pause.