Have you ever tried writing with your off-hand...just for fun?
While playing defence on your “off side” isn’t quite as complicated, it’s still something that Quinn Hughes hasn’t done regularly since his days playing for the US National Development program.
Let’s get into some of Hughes’ comments about playing the right side and more in our morning news round-up.
- At the annual Jake Milford Charity Golf Classic yesterday, Hughes spoke to the media about playing on his off side.
“For me, I just think that it’s good to know how to do both. It gives the coaching staff another option if they want to use me on the right side.”
“I started to work in the summer on some different packages. I think there’s more I can do offensively on the right side, sometimes I find myself stationary on the left.”
Playing on your strong side does make sense for most defenders. It’s easier to clear pucks up the wall in your own zone, while also making it easier to hold the puck in the offensive zone, since your stick is lined up at the boards.
But, if there’s one Canuck defender who could theoretically excel on his off side, it’s Hughes.
“I’m on my forehand on the [right] side and I can backwards skate and take it down the wall,” Hughes said at the NHL Media Tour late last week. “If a pass comes across, I can just cut in on my forehand and shoot. On the [left] side, I have to put it on my backhand and open up — I don’t really have many options.”
If Hughes does stay on the left, what is he looking forward to most?
“What I do know is that Luke Schenn was a really good D partner for me last year. He stabilized my game in a lot of ways and he shuts down the cycle. I know if I'm playing with him, I’ll have a really good year.”
There you go. Whether it’s right-side Quinn or top-four Luke, the Canucks are bound for big things this season.
"I feel confident. I think my shot has gotten better. I've worked on some different things in terms of getting to the middle and trying to score more goals."— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) September 20, 2022
Quinn Hughes talks with the media at the Jake Milford Charity Golf Tournament pic.twitter.com/AhI5R71yoW
- The Young Stars tournament wrapped up on Monday with the Canucks losing 5-2 to the Edmonton Oilers.
Here’s a breakdown of the Canucks five best players at the tournament. [The Province]
On the stat sheet, Linus Karlsson was the most successful Canuck with three goals and five points in three games. However. there was some tentativeness in his game, especially early in the tournament. He looks like a player who could use a full season of AHL hockey to acclimatize to North America.
- One of the other standout Canucks was Danila Klimovich, who looks rejuvenated and ready to fly this season.
Ironically enough, Klimovich is up on our Top 25 Under 25 Rankings today at #9. [Nucks Misconduct]
- Analytics whiz Rachel Doerrie, who was hired by the Canucks in January, has a new role with the organization, according to Bruce Boudreau.
Doerrie will be working more with the coaching staff for this upcoming season. Her role, according to her LinkedIn profile, is “Analytics and Assistant Video Coach.”
She’ll work with new video coach Dylan Crawford, and Doerrie will also run the “Hawkeye” video system, which helps NHL teams with offside challenges.
Around the NHL
- In other bizarre news, Jake Virtanen has indeed signed a PTO with the Edmonton Oilers.
Virtanen on his time with #Canucks:— Rob Williams (@RobTheHockeyGuy) September 19, 2022
"I loved Vancouver, they have a great organization... It was very tough though, because being a hometown guy and everyone knowing you. It was tough. But I really enjoyed it. There was a lot of pressure on me and I felt like I did alright." pic.twitter.com/MRWXA9iStD
Okay there Jake...
Twitter was aplenty with reactions to the signing.
jake virtanen is the perfect player if you want your team to be simultaneously worse and less likeable https://t.co/SR5poId4z0— dom (@domluszczyszyn) September 19, 2022
Evander Kane and Jake Virtanen should be cellmates, not teammates— Daniel (@bizthewarthog) September 19, 2022
Ken Holland and the Edmonton Oilers need to look hard at who they're signing/hiring. Since 2019, Holland hired Brian Wiseman, signed Evander Kane, and now Jake Virtanen. That's a history of domestic violence and sexual assault accusations that no team should endeavour to collect.— Ian Kennedy (@IanKennedyCK) September 19, 2022
cant with for Virtanen to show up out of shape for his PTO— Malcolm (@malcolmert) September 19, 2022
Jake Virtanen is legitimately not an NHL-level player and by all accounts, a shitty person.— Tony Ferrari (@theTonyFerrari) September 19, 2022
Hockey isn't for everyone because hockey continues giving the same idiotic pieces of crap a chance.
- Keith Yandle is retiring from professional hockey after 16 NHL seasons. He currently holds the NHL ironman record of 989 straight games played. [Sportsnet]
- Earlier this morning, two more noteworthy defenceman also announced their retirement.
And, in somewhat of a more surprising announcement, PK Subban said he’s also retiring from the NHL at the age of 33, after 13 NHL seasons.