Its well to remember that the Bruins were a long-time basement team before Orr graduated and revolutionized how defenders played the game. In a different hockey culture era with smaller players, less speed and emphasis on individual performance, an organization desperate to make the play-offs were happy to give Orr his free reign. Any smart coach at the time would have adjusted team tactics to cover Orr's roving and best utilize his talent.
Nor sure I see that possible in today's NHL, given Travis' hard school of dump-and-chase 200-foot hockey. How long I wonder, before the natural percentage of Hughes' failed entries or lost possession would wear thin with Green's philosophy? Or, his personal coaching ego; perhaps job security. Hughes is already a confident, established college star, and it could be he decides Canuck's brand won't suit his own ego and he sits it out. Where Jack ends up, or agents worming their financial flattery inside Quin's head, might easily cause him blink.
I'll not be at all surprised if Hughes' best asset to us lies in a trade for pieces Green views as more urgent. We just don't presently have enough collective, on-ice hockey IQ to help Quinn become another Bobby Orr. Green seems dead set against allowing players free expression - Alien is a generational exception and forces Green's hand, a bit Orr-like himself in fact. But for Travis perhaps, one-yute-at-a-time bucking his beloved, safety-first system is almost more than he cares to handle.
A decent prospect like Rathbone could well develop better than Hughes, if only because as a more orthodox defender, he'd be less likely to be in Green's doghouse thereby receiving more ice-time and favorable coaching. He wouldn't be having his natural strengths continually coached away, which is what I would fear for Hughes. Yet, he'd be a fabulous protected addition right now on an established defence like the Preds, maybe even tip the creative balance their way.
Wonder what they'd trade for Hughes?