Quinn Hughes has put the hockey world on notice: he thinks he will be better coming out of the COVID-19 break than when he entered it four months ago. And that’s saying something because the 20-year-old defenseman has set the bar ridiculously high for himself with 53 points in the 69 games he played in his rookie season in the National Hockey League.

Speaking to media via Zoom after his first on-ice session in Vancouver since March 10th, Hughes expressed his excitement to get back to work at training camp soon and beyond that a play-in series with the Minnesota Wild.

“I think maybe the four months off here was a blessing in disguise for me,” Hughes revealed. “I feel really strong now. I think I can perform better in the playoffs now than I would have three and a half months ago.”

Hughes returned to Vancouver over the weekend after spending the break at home with his parents and younger brothers Jack and Luke. He says while he missed the competitive nature of the NHL, he says he maintained his edge by battling his siblings in a variety of sports on a daily basis.