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Jack Hughes Plans To Get Stronger

from Randy Miller of NJ.com,

“I knew I had to get stronger,” Hughes said Thursday in a media Zoom call from his home in suburban Detroit.

The next words that came out of Hughes’ mouth was a vow that was made with conviction:

“I will get stronger over the years.”

Hughes is listed at 5-10, 168 pounds. He probably won’t get taller, but he still some filling out to do. That, more than anything, is what he’ll be working on during the Devils’ very long offseason, which began in March and could last until January due to the coronavirus stoppage.

His weight-gain plan is simple.

Big meals.

Lots of meals.

“Obviously, I’m trying to eat a lot, gain weight that way,” Hughes said.

It’ll take more than loading up on pasta and milkshakes to turn added pounds to muscle though, and Hughes will not be taking shortcuts pumping iron in the weight room.


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The First Half Of The Season For Jack Hughes

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Joe Thornton scored seven points in his first NHL season and two decades later, he’s a shoo-in for the Hockey Hall of Fame. Mark Messier scored one goal as a rookie in the World Hockey Association and had to go to another team after the one he was playing for folded. Steven Stamkos had two goals in his first 22 games under Barry Melrose and played his first season for one of the most dysfunctional teams in history.

So, shed no tears for Jack Hughes, who entered the NHL as the No. 1 pick in the draft and has endured a season of ups and mostly downs. Already, he’s gone through one coach and one GM, endured seeing his landlord get sent to the minors and lost a high-profile teammate in Taylor Hall. Then there has been all the losing and the 6-11-17 point totals in 38 games that look rather ordinary.

“I do,” Hughes said when asked whether he puts much stock into his point totals. “I think that’s obviously my game, right? I’m supposed to get points, but I think where my game is at, the points haven’t translated. I’m creating a lot and playing really well. Obviously I’d like to have more points…but at the same time I realize I’m going to have a really long career in this league and I’m going to be a great player. I’m happy to be in the NHL right now.”


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Video- Big Hit On Jack Hughes

No penalty on the hit and Hughes has gone to the room.


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Video- First NHL Goal For Jack Hughes

On the power play.


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Morning Line- Jack Hughes


Through 6 games, Hughes is without a point.

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How Did Jack Hughes Do In His First Regular Season Game?

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Jack Hughes' initiation into the NHL regular season featured more ups, downs and educational moments than the New Jersey Devils rookie center wanted.

Hughes, the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, finished his debut with no points, one shot, a minus-1 rating, three giveaways, a benching and a handful of almosts, including a few in overtime, in a 5-4 shootout loss to the Winnipeg Jets at Prudential Center on Friday. The Devils blew a 4-0 lead.

"I think it was nice to just play my first game more mentally just to kind of be at peace with it and say, 'I'm here and now I can buckle in and start playing,'" said Hughes, who played 15:12....

"I thought there were some things in Jack's game that he did well," Devils coach John Hynes said. "He had the opportunity, could have scored a couple goals. I think there are other components to a game as we've talked about through preseason that he's got to learn and grow and work with."...

"He's a young, developing player in the National Hockey League," Hynes said. "When you have a talented guy who competes the way he competes, you're going to have some good things but there are other components to his game that need to improve."


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Afternoon Line- Jack Hughes (And I Agree With Him)

I kind of just wish I could fast forward from here to our season opener and get going. So I'm really excited for that moment when I step on the ice at Prudential Center in front of our great fans.

-Jack Hughes of the New Jersey Devils.  Mike G. Morreale has more from Hughes in a Q & A.

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Hype Time

from Michael Traikos at the Toronto Sun,

A dazzling U.S. centre who torched the National Development Program gets chosen No. 1 overall, followed by a hulking Finnish winger at No. 2 who is already dominating amongst men at the pro level.

It looks familiar, doesn’t it? After all, it was only three years ago when Toronto’s Auston Matthews and Winnipeg’s Patrik Laine went 1-2 in the NHL Entry Draft 2016.

On Friday night in Vancouver, a similar scene unfolded on the draft floor of Rogers Arena when the New Jersey Devils chose American centre Jack Hughes with the No. 1 pick and the New York Rangers followed it up by selecting Finland’s Kaapo Kakko at No. 2.

Not to heap too much pressure on the young kids, but their two respective franchises can only hope that they have a similar effect as Matthews and Laine have had on the Maple Leafs and Jets.

It’s obviously a high bar to meet.


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Jack Hughes Goes #1 To The New Jersey Devils

VANCOUVER, BC - The New Jersey Devils have used the first-overall selection in the 2019 NHL Draft to take Jack Hughes from the U.S. National Team Development Program.

Hughes, 18, is a 5-foot-10, 171-pound center who was born in Orlando, Fla. NHL Central Scouting listed him as their top North American Skater in both their midterm and final rankings.

Hughes is coming off a stellar season for the USA U-18 squad. He scored 34 goals and added 78 assists for 112 points in 50 games. He captained the Americans at the U-18 World Junior Championship, scoring nine goals and adding 11 assists in seven games.

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Evening Line- Jack Hughes

"You always dream of being No. 1. You don't dream of being two, three or four when you're a young kid. I want to be the first overall pick."

-Jack Hughes via the CP at TSN.

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Darren Dreger Talks With Quinn And Jack Hughes

Brothers Quinn and Jack Hughes stop by the Dreger Café in Kosice, Slovakia. Jack talks about his transition from the U18 tournament to the WHC and embracing the experience rather than vying for draft status. Quinn touches on his short NHL experience with the Canucks at the end of the regular season, watching his younger brother go down the same path he did, and much more.

Watch the 9 1/2 interview at TSN.

added 7:24pm, option to watch it below too...

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Video- Quinn And Jack Hughes Today

Just over 2 minutes long.


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Video- Jack Hughes Will Soon Be Showcased At The World Junior Championship

via TSN's YouTube channel,

Jack Hughes will be expected to put on a show for the Americans at the World Juniors but before he does, he joins That's Hockey to discuss what it's like to hear so much hype surrounding his name, what a dream it is to have an opportunity to represent his country with his brother Quinn and the heated rivalry the United States has with Canada.

Gino Reda with the Jack Hughes interview.


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The Race For Jack Hughes

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

If Hughes, who won't turn 18 until May, goes first, and scouts say it is highly likely he will, Hughes would be the eighth American to be drafted No. 1 overall.

Because of Hughes’ dynamic style, NHL team fan bases are already talking about whether their team will be in the Hughes sweepstakes.

Here is our projection for the teams with the best opportunity to land Hughes:

1. Colorado Avalanche: This is the best possible situation for the Avalanche because they can qualify for the playoffs and end up with the most attractive odds to secure Hughes. Their chance comes from owning the Ottawa Senators’ first-round pick, which was acquired in last season's three-team deal that sent Matt Duchene to Ottawa and Kyle Turris to the Nashville Predators. The Senators, who finished 30th last season, could have given the Avalanche their 2018 pick. But they drafted Brady Tkachuk at No. 4 and will take their chances this season. They will struggle after trading Erik Karlsson and Mike Hoffman.

2. Detroit Red Wings: Because the Red Wings are rebuilding, many Detroit fans are hoping they will be near the bottom of the standings to have a better chance to win the draft lottery. The idea of a Hughes-Dylan Larkin one-two center tandem is appealing. The Red Wings will give considerable playing time to their younger players, such as Larkin, Anthony Mantha, Michael Rasmussen, Tyler Bertuzzi, Andreas Athanasiou and perhaps Filip Zadina, who will start the year in the minors. The Red Wings are still a couple of seasons away from being competitive.

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Dreaming Of The Hughes Brothers In Vancouver

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

While Quinn went seventh overall to the Canucks, Jack is, as we speak, the consensus No. 1 overall pick in 2019.

The Sedins, the best brothers tandem ever to play together in the NHL have retired. The Canucks are expected to finish within trading distance of the No. 1 spot in the draft.If lightning struck once, why not again?...

There is symmetry here, even if much of it exists in the dreamy world inhabited by Canucks fans. They had the Sedins, through Burke’s chicanery at the 1999 draft.

Why not the Hughes brothers as well?

The two combined for a game-winning goal late in a game against Canada early in this Showcase, with Jack setting up Quinn. They have rarely played on the same team in their lives, though there still exists some ‘Sedinery’ between them.

“I think there’s a connection there,” said Team USA coach Mike Hastings. “They both know that the other one is a pretty good player.”


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The Hughes Hockey Family

from Lisa Dillman of The Athletic,

On a recent morning​ in​ early​ July, uber​ NHL​ prospect​ Jack​ Hughes​ was​ on​​ the ice at the Kings’ training facility, at an orientation camp hosted by CAA, the agency that currently advises the family. Weeks earlier, Jack’s older brother, Quinn Hughes, was taken seventh in the NHL draft by the Vancouver Canucks and the defenseman is mulling his future – whether to turn pro or return to the University of Michigan for his sophomore season.

The focus now shifts to Jack, the middle of three sons of Jim and Ellen Weinberg-Hughes, who is projected to go first in the 2019 NHL draft.

The camp in El Segundo was a chance to mix hockey with a bit of Hollywood before it becomes serious again with the World Junior Summer Showcase starting July 28 in Kamloops, British Columbia. Jack relished the chance to get some beach time and try his hand at volleyball on the sand.

“First of all, the weather in California is unreal,” Jack said in an interview with The Athletic. “The ocean, we don’t have that in Michigan or Toronto. Anytime you get the chance to come out here and learn new things, it’s really good. I love watching basketball, so I’d love to meet a guy like LeBron [James].  I love watching him.”

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Video- Too Early To Think About The 2019 NHL Draft?

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Get To Know Jack Hughes

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Jack Hughes is a 16-year-old already with a history of 'wow'-quality offensive production that has him fast-tracking toward becoming the No. 1 pick in 2019.

Last season, the Florida-born center netted 58 goals and 159 points in 80 games playing for the Toronto Marlboros midget team.

This season, he has posted 53 points in 26 games for Team USA in the United States Hockey League. He’s sixth in the league scoring race.

The five players above him are 18-20 years old, and each of them has played at least 21 more games than him

.“By next year, there is no telling where he could be,” said former Calgary Flames general manager Craig Button, now a draft expert for TSN-Canada. “I only know this – I can’t wait until he gets on the ice. I think he’s one of the most exciting players I’ve seen in a long time.”


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