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Fantasy Summary

Skilled playmaker who plays a mature two-way game. His upside may be limited but his floor is relatively high and he should grow into an impactful third line NHL center at the very least.


Observations

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December 2021 – One of the older players in the class, Hughes already has a full season with the USNTDP U18 team under his belt and is nearly halfway through his freshman season at Northeastern University. Hughes has put up respectable offensive numbers for a first-year draft-eligible playing in the NCAA but it is his overall maturity that stands out as he is already playing over 17 minutes for the Huskies and looks comfortable doing so. Nick Richard

September 2021 – In two seasons with the USNTDP, Jack Hughes accumulated 72 points in 87 games. Racking up 50 assists during his time with the program, he was a productive playmaker. He represented Team USA in the U17 WHC in 2019-20, totaling seven points in six games as they secured a silver medal after falling to Russia in the finals. He also participated in the 2020-21 U18 World Championships where he had two points in four games. After two productive seasons with the USNTDP, he will be playing this upcoming season at Northeastern University.

Jack Hughes is an effective two-way pivot who plays an intelligent and responsible game. In showing a high compete level, Hughes is a true “Jack” of all trades. He performs well in the face-off circle, forechecks and backchecks aggressively, and has a good understanding of what’s required of him in every situation. In the offensive zone, he tactfully uses dekes to lure the opposition in and create space for himself to distribute the puck. He can occasionally be found guilty of making an extra pass but his willingness to pass instead of shoot is deceiving to the opposition and is a driving force to his offensive game. He doesn’t do a great job generating his own shots but rather relies on teammates to feed him the puck in a shooting position. He does, however, do a great job generating shooting opportunities for teammates through his relentless work ethic and ability to create space. On the power play, he plays the bumper role to give him the option of shooting or being the central distributor. While he is a pass-first guy, Hughes possesses a good shot and has a knack for getting himself into dangerous scoring positions. At both ends of the ice, he shows a willingness to dig in and play a gritty game along the boards. He shows strong defensive awareness, positioning his body and his stick well to close off passing and shooting lanes. At 6-0 and 165 pounds, he isn’t the biggest guy out there but he uses his body effectively in puck battles and outsmarts his opponents. Jack Hughes is a talented player whose cerebral game will appeal to plenty of teams next summer and a strong season with the Huskies should ensure the Americans have another player selected in the first round. Alexander Annun

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.5
NHL Certainty 7.5
Country USA
Position C
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth November 2, 2003
Height 6‘0”
Weight 170 lbs
Drafted No

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2012-2013 Boston Jr. Bruins Brick Invitational6 1 23 0|        
 2015-2016 Boston Jr. Eagles QC Int PW2 1 01 2|        
 2017-2018 West Coast Selects U15 2WSI U157 4 04 2|        
 2018-2019 Team Royal USA-S154 0 33 -|        
  St. Sebastian's School USHS-Prep29 15 1025 -|        
 2019-2020 U.S. National U17 TeamUSDP49 14 2438 28|        
  USNTDP JuniorsUSHL29 8 1018 16|        
  USA U17WHC-176 3 47 4|        
 2020-2021 U.S. National U18 TeamUSDP