Jack Hughes

2019 NHL Draft
Photo courtesy of usatoday.com

Fantasy Summary

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


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 10
NHL Certainty 9.5
Country USA
Position C
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth May 14, 2001
Height 5‘10”
Weight 161 lbs
Drafted No

Observations

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 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 centre 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 centre.

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


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2010-2011 Toronto Bulldogs Brick Invitational 6 4 7 11 6 | Playoffs 2 0 2 2
 2014-2015 Toronto Marlboros Bantam AAA GTBHL - - - - - |          
 2015-2016 Mississauga Rebels Mn Mdgt AAA GTMMHL - - - - - |          
  Mississauga Rebels Mn Mdgt AAA OHL Cup 5 3 1 4 6 |          
 2016-2017 Toronto Marlboros Mn Mdgt AAA OHL Cup 5 3 4 7 4 |          
  Toronto Marlboros Mn Mdgt AAA GTMMHL 33 23 50 73 4 |          
  Georgetown Raiders Dudley Hewitt Cup 4 2 0 2 0 |          
  Toronto Marlboros Mn Mdgt AAA Midget 80 58 101 159 36 |          
  Georgetown Raiders OJHL 0 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 9 1 2 3
 2017-2018 USNTDP Juniors USHL 27 21 33 54 10 |          
  U.S. National U17 Team USDP 24 13 35 48 10 |          
  U.S. National U18 Team USDP 36 27 41 68 6 |          
  USA U17 WHC-17 6 5 10 15 2 |          
  USA U18 WJC-18 7 5 7 12 2 |          
 2018-2019 USNTDP Juniors USHL 22 12 31 43 4 |          
  U.S. National U18 Team USDP 39 23 58 81 18 |          
  USA U20 WJC-20 4 0 4 4 0 |          

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