DE­FEN­SIVE PLAY

The Hockey News - - THE STRAIGHT EDGE -

BOTH PLAY­ERS ARE OF­FENSE-FIRST types and, as Erik Karls­son has dis­played the past few sea­sons, the abil­ity to get the puck in your own zone and turn it up ice is a pretty good form of de­fense. Scouts see Hughes as more likely to take on a de­fen­sive mind­set. “Hughes is more will­ing to adopt a tra­di­tional de­fen­sive role than Boqvist,” a scout said. “He’s more ac­count­able. He’s less stub­born. Boqvist will make the same mis­take three times, and Hughes will make the mis­take once and say, ‘Maybe I should try it an­other way.’ ” At this point, both play­ers are in­clined to be over­pow­ered by big­ger for­wards in the de­fen­sive zone. EDGE: HUGHES

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