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Sixth rounder with good tools. Hughes hasn’t produced enough at lower levels to warrant fantasy consideration.


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February 2021 – Hughes’ second pro season was underwhelming, as he finished 2019-20 with just six goals and 16 points in 44 AHL games. There are reasons for optimism entering the new campaign, however, as he also managed to make his NHL debut last year and is currently centering a scoring line in Providence. Hughes is also working on the team’s top power-play unit and should improve on last year’s shooting percentage of just 7.1. He is a long shot to see meaningful ice time in Boston this season, but should hopefully improve his production as he continues his development. Chris Mazza

February 2020 – Despite playing for an improved Providence team, Hughes has taken a step back offensively, managing just six goals and 16 points over 43 games in his second full pro season. His shooting percentage has dropped, but not by enough to justify this decline in production. He could still develop into a depth option in the NHL, but his path will seemingly require much more seasoning in the minors. Chris Mazza

September 2019 – Hughes is a talented player that has managed to produce consistently at every level thus far in his career. Last season he proved that he could contribute as a professional with Providence, and moving forward he will be looking to finally translate his skills to the highest level. A long-shot to make the NHL roster out of training camp, Hughes will return to the AHL, where he and a hopefully improved Providence team will look to take a step forward. He likely spends the entire campaign in the minors, but could be used as an injury replacement later in the year. Chris Mazza

February 2019 – Hughes has remained one of Providence’s most consistent forwards so far this season, sitting fourth on the team in points with 25 through 45 games, while also pacing the team with 96 shots on goal. He has been used up and down the lineup and on both special teams but has generated most of his points at even strength. The former sixth-round pick has evolved into an important prospect for the Bruins, and will likely get an extended look for an NHL spot next season. Chris Mazza

November 2018 – Hughes is off to a solid start in his first full AHL campaign, and currently sits third on the team with 11 points through 17 games. Impressively, he has also managed to fire 39 shots in that time, just one away from the team lead, while maintaining a rating of plus-four. Given the major concerns about his defensive awareness, it is great to see Hughes as one of just four Providence forwards to have a plus-minus rating above even, especially while playing for a weak team that sits last in their division. If Hughes can keep up this impressive first pro season, he might be able to push for a depth spot in the NHL next year. Chris Mazza

October 2018 – Hughes is set to play his first full season of professional hockey for the Providence Bruins in 2018-2019. The Bruins’ former sixth-round pick has had a successful four years playing for the University of Wisconsin, totalling 92 points in 139 games, while also serving as team captain during his senior campaign. He has a soft set of hands and good offensive awareness but needs to develop his play without the puck in order to prove that he can play pro hockey at a high level. Chris Mazza

 

December 2017 – Now the Badgers’ captain, Hughes continues to score at an impressive clip with seven goals and eight assists in 21 contests this year. At 5-11, 161-pounds there are still concerns about his ability to physically tough it out at as a professional but there’s no mistaking his skill, leadership, and heady demeanour on the ice. Kevin Wickersham

December 2016 – Cameron Hughes is first and foremost a skilled pivot with soft hands. Hughes projects as a scoring center but still has some years of seasoning ahead of him. After producing fairly well for the University of Wisconsin over the last three years, Hughes needs to take a step forward with both his offensive output and his defensive play before he’ll get a look at the NHL level. Through 82 total games for the Wisconsin Badgers, Hughes has potted 10 goals and 41 assists but has also gone minus 41 over that same period. In that regard, Hughes has not taken a step forward this year and is already minus 13 through just 16 games played. Mike Drover

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 3.5
NHL Certainty 3.5
Country CAN
Position C
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth October 9, 1996
Height 6‘0”
Weight 174 lbs
Drafted 2015 Round 6; Overall: 165

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2009-2010 CAC Canadians U15 AAAAEHL U1532 5 1116 28|        
 2010-2011 CAC Canadians U15 AAAAEHL U1529 21 2142 2|        
 2011-2012 CAC Canadians U18 AAAAEHL U1832 8 2331 24|        
 2012-2013 Spruce Grove SaintsAJHL60 11 2031 42|Playoffs14 3 69 11 
 2013-2014 Spruce Grove SaintsAJHL52 21 3657 58|Playoffs18 1 1617
  Canada West U19WJAC-194 1 45 0|        
 2014-2015 Univ. of WisconsinNCAA34 3 1013 35|