Quinn Hughes (@Canucks) has been named the NHL’s “Rookie of the Month” for February. Hughes became the second defenseman in NHL history to be the first rookie to reach 50 points in a season, joining Nicklas Lidstrom (1991-92). #NHLStats: https://t.co/55RiZ9UFvQ pic.twitter.com/J4MAQ12ds0— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) March 1, 2020
We all knew that the Canucks lucked out when Quinn Hughes was still available at 7th overall in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. What we didn’t know was that he was going to shatter our lofty expectations for him and become one of the favorites to bring home the Calder Trophy as NHL Rookie Of The Year.
Hughes took a massive step towards that with a fantastic February, leading all rookie scorers, putting up 2-13-15 in 13 games. He became just the 2nd defenceman in NHL history to be the first rookie to hit the 50 point mark, joining Niclas Lidstrom, and tied a mark set by Ray Bourque, for the most 3 assist games in a season, with 4. That’s some pretty lofty company to be mentioned with.
He also became the first Canucks defenceman to record 13 assists in a month since Jeff Brown did it in 1995, and was 2 short of the most assists by a rookie mark set by Dale Tallon in 1971. He did surpass Tallon’s record for rookie assists in a season with his helper in the loss to Ottawa.
Hughes has a legitimate shot to take home the hardware, making the Canucks the 1st team to have back to back Calder Trophy winners since the Boston Bruins did it in 1966-67 and 1967-68 when Bobby Orr and Derek Sanderson won it.
It’s looking like it will be Hughes, Colorado’s Cale Makar, and one of a handful of other rookies who will vie for the honour, but the way he’s been playing since the Christmas break, Hughes has been head and shoulders above the competition.