Popular Post Dr. Crossbar Posted October 29, 2019 Popular Post Share Posted October 29, 2019 It's been incredible to see the impact Quinn Hughes has had on our blueline. We're seeing something special now on a nightly basis and it's really just beginning. Looking at the last five games, though, Hughes is logging 20 minutes per game, the same as Myers and Tanev with Edler still logging the most D minutes at approx 23 minutes. As we continue to do well, with goals coming and everyone contributing, we're playing at what appears to be break neck pace through 11 games. And if we're going to make the playoffs, we can't afford to let games slip away. We have to keep it up night in and night out. Last season we saw Pettersson burn out after January and struggle with the lengthy season. He even admitted in the offseason that he had trouble keeping pace late into last season, which is why we saw him dry up. The most games Hughes played in a college season was 37. We're only 11 games in and Hughes is logging top veteran minutes. I just think it's more likely that he'll hit a similar wall as Pettersson. The year before last, Petey had only played 44 games in Sweden. Im my view, there are two issues here: potential for burn out, which could increase potential for injury. How do you guys think Green should manage Hughes's ice time across a full season? Especially if we're in the thick of a playoff spot come February/March. If there's any time we're going to need a fully energized Hughes, it's going to be later in the season. Should Green start looking ahead in the schedule to giving Hughes nights off? Or should he use games like Florida when we're up 5-1 in the first to reduce his ice time? Or should we keep going the way we are, keep winning games, and look for opportunities to rest Hughes along the way? Can we still win if Hughes ends up burning out? From your view, what's the best way to approach this? 7 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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