Canucks sign top prospect Quinn Hughes to three-year, entry-level contract


The Quinn Hughes watch is over.

The Vancouver Canucks signed the 2018 seventh-overall pick to a three-year, $2.775 million U.S. entry-level contract on Sunday.

Hughes, 19, just completed his second collegiate season with the University of Michigan Wolverines. He was the top scorer on the team with 33 points in 32 games this season. The Wolverines were bounced from the Big Ten playoffs on Saturday by the University of Minnesota.

“Quinn is an exceptional skater, strong on the puck and plays with creativity and vision. He was a leader on his team at the University of Michigan and has had success at the international level. We’re excited for Quinn to join our team and continue to grow his game as a member of the Vancouver Canucks,” said Canucks general manager Jim Benning in a release.

The under-sized defensive dynamo looked comfortable with the U.S at the world championship in 2018 as the event’s youngest player at age 18, has competed in two world junior tournaments, has a rich family hockey lineage and dominated at the NCAA level.

Hughes will travel to Vancouver on Tuesday. The Canucks’ next game is on Wednesday at Rogers Arena against the New York Rangers.

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