It could be the year of the defenseman in the NHL. We are only a few weeks into the season, and the points leaderboard is led by Quinn Hughes, a defender for the Vancouver Canucks. He edges out teammate J.T. Miller and Boston Bruins RW David Pastrnak.
Hughes is the focal point of the latest episode of Missin Curfew, presented by DraftKings Network. Shane O’Brien and Scottie Upshall debate whether or not Hughes is better than Colorado Avalanche defender Cale Makar. The latter was a runner-up for the 2022-2023 Norris Trophy that was taken home by Erik Karlsson of the San Jose Sharks.
Hughes and Makar figure to be in the mix this year, given how they have started the season. Hughes has eight goals but has the second-most assists (22) and leads the league in points (30) and +/- (16). Makar only has four goals but leads the league in assists (23) to be tied for sixth in points (27) and third in +/- (13).
The tandem talks about whether Vancouver needs to switch to black and yellow jerseys after rocking matte black helmets in a recent game. They also cover the recent F1 Vegas GP, Joe Burrow’s injury and what it means for Upshall’s bet on the Cincinnati Bengals to win the Super Bowl, and what trade the Philadelphia Flyers should consider.