Boudreau says Canucks urged him to give star D Hughes a shot at centre
Bruce Boudreau, who was head coach of the Canucks from December 2021 to January 2023, revealed he was asked to put Hughes up front by an unnamed staff member but refused.
“Somebody in that Vancouver organization tried to make me make Quinn Hughes a centre last year,” Boudreau said on NHL Network.
Hughes has 11 goals and 51 points through 42 games this season and was named the Canucks’ representative for the All-Star Game in Toronto, his second time earning the honour.
He is just the ninth defenceman in NHL history to record 50-plus points through their first 40 games of a season, joining Paul Coffey (eight times), Bobby Orr (six times), Erik Karlsson, John Carlson, Brian Leetch, Phil Housley, Al MacInnis and Denis Potvin to accomplish that feat.
“I’m so happy I didn’t,” said Boudreau of his decision. “First of all, he probably would’ve not taken it very well and secondly, the year he’s having, a Norris Trophy kind of year, boy it’s quite a difference from him playing centre on that team.”
The Canucks are second in the NHL with 59 points, one back of the Winnipeg Jets with a 28-11-3 record. The team has missed the playoffs three years in a row and has just one playoff appearance in the last eight seasons.