The 18-year-old left-handed blue-liner from Orlando, Fla., had five goals and 29 points in 37 games with the University of Michigan in 2017-18 and was named to the Big 10 all-rookie team, as well as being a second-team all star.
Hughes, the No. 6-ranked North American skater by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau, also won a bronze medal in the 2018 world junior championships with the United States.
“I’m excited. I obviously knew Vancouver would be right around my spot,” said Hughes.
“It’s a great hockey market and they’ve got a lot of young…