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A tremendously gifted offensive player, who blends speed, skill and smarts. Truly elite vision, hands and processing skills. A future franchise player


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September 2020 – The Hughes brothers all seem to have an elite level of skating ability – Quinn, the oldest (VAN), and Luke, the youngest (2021) are known for their ability to perform hip pivots and flawless lateral strides on the blue line; Jack Hughes’ 4-way mobility, speed, and agility are among the best in the league. He has the offensive trident (bag of tricks, passing, shooting) and IQ you expect of an elite NHL forward, and despite his disappointing rookie season, he should develop into the face of the franchise. Hadi Kalakeche

March 2020 – Hughes slumped awfully over the second half and wound up with 21 points in 61 games. His shot volume has improved to around two shots a game. It is safe to say that the number one draft pick did not have the season he expected to. Still, a move to center is likely for next season. Chris Wassel 

January 2020 – Hughes has not had the rookie season many have expected with 17 points in 40 games. He has been injured a few times but the bottom line is though Hughes has created plenty of scoring chances, the points have just not been there. Over the second half of the season, expect the center to find a bit more of his scoring touch.  Chris Wassel

November 2019 – October was a trying month for Hughes but as the month went on, the center began to find his game. Despite a slow part of the schedule, Hughes now has seven points (three goals) in his previous five contests. His ice time in the last three games has gone up to what a first-line center would receive. Needless to say, Hughes has responded well. Chris Wassel

June 2019 –  Some early line projections place Hughes as a 2C for New Jersey to start with some possibility of playing the top power-play unit at some juncture. The beginning of the season will feature John Hynes taking it a bit easy with the number one pick. He may only get some second unit power-play time at first. Relax, as there will be a little panic early. Chris Wassel

June 2019 – Hughes has been drafted first overall by the Devils.  Jokke Nevalainen

April 2019 – The most prolific point producer in the USNTDP history is making a run at another record – this time at the World U18 Championships. The expected first-overall selection this June is slicing through the U18 competition like a Ginsu knife. He’s recorded five goals and 12 points through the first four contests this year after producing 12 points in seven games as a 16-year-old last year. His 24 points are already good for the ninth most all-time with (hopefully) three games remaining. Alex Ovechkin holds the all-time with 31 points in 14 games. Hughes brings the full buffet of offensive talents and they’ll be on display in an NHL rink next fall. Get excited, New Jersey.  Cam Robinson


November 2018 – Many expected Hughes to destroy the USHL and U18 circuit the likes of which we’ve never seen. However, after tearing through that level of competition as a 16-year-old a season ago, the consensus number one pick this June didn’t have much room to move up. He wasn’t able to finish his high school credits early and head to the University of Michigan with the older brother, Quinn. Labour laws prohibited him from heading overseas to play a season of pro hockey. So back with the U18s, it was. If you’re simply looking at the counting stats, Hughes has done extremely well this season. But he isn’t setting records. Except at the most recent Five Nations’ tournament in the Czech Republic. There, the American-born center is putting up points at will. 16 through four games to be exact. An insane clip. He’s also fared very well against top NCAA competition. A great sign of his ability to play up levels – a scenario he’s always thrived in. 

Hughes is as dynamic as they come. He’s Patrick Kane with more speed. He thinks the game at an incredible pace. A pace that he matches with his feet and his hands. He’s a player you tank out for if you’re not looking like a competitor in your keeper league. Get in line to get your hands on him. Cam Robinson


April 2018 – Despite being just 16 years old, Hughes has absolutely shredded the U18 competition with the USNTDP. He recently broke the U17 scoring mark, previously held by Phil Kessel and Clayton Keller and Hughes did it in fewer games. Spread across the two teams, Hughes has a remarkable 99 points in 52 games (51 in 28 for the U18s and 48 in 24 for the U17s). His U18 production leads that team in points-per-game ahead of 2018 top prospects, Oliver Wahlstrom and Joel Farabee – the two players who happen to flank the dazzling center.

At this stage, it’s unlikely he has anything left to prove at the USHL-level of play, but due to his age and apparent desire to go the NCAA route, he may be stuck. The CHL remains an option and Mississauga owns his OHL rights, but what may be more likely is him completing his studies early and joining the NCAA as a freshly turned 17-year-old. Whatever the case, we need to see him challenged more next season. Hughes is a remarkable prospect that is destined to be selected first overall in 2019.  Cam Robinson


Fantasy Upside 10
NHL Certainty 9.9
Country USA
Position C
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth May 14, 2001
Height 5‘10”
Weight 170 lbs
Drafted 2019 Round 1; Overall: 1


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2010-2011 Toronto BulldogsBrick Invitational6 4 711 6|Playoffs2 0 22
 2014-2015 Toronto Marlboros U15 AAAGTHL U15- - -- -|        
 2015-2016 Mississauga Rebels U16 AAAGTHL U16- - -- -|        
  Mississauga Rebels U16 AAAOHL Cup5 3 14 6|        
 2016-2017 Toronto Marlboros U16 AAAOHL Cup5 3 47 4|        
  Toronto Marlboros U16 AAAGTHL U1633 23 5073 4|        
  Georgetown RaidersDudley Hewitt Cup4 2 02 0|        
  Toronto Marlboros U16 AAAU16 AAA80 58 101159 36|        
  Georgetown RaidersOJHL0 0 00 0|Playoffs9 1 23
 2017-2018 USNTDP JuniorsUSHL27 21 3354 10|        
  U.S. National U17 TeamUSDP24 13 3548 10|        
  U.S. National U18 TeamUSDP36 27 4168 6|        
  USA U17WHC-176 5 1015 2|        
  USA U18WJC-187 5 712 2|        
 2018-2019 USNTDP JuniorsUSHL24 12 3648 4|        
  U.S. National U18 TeamUSDP50 34 78112 28|        
  USA U18WJC-187 9 1120 8|        
  USA U20WJC-204 0 44 0|        
  USAWC7 0 33 0|        
 2019-2020 New Jersey DevilsNHL61 7 1421 10|        
 2020-2021 New Jersey DevilsNHL- - -- -|