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Luke Hughes A Fit For The Wings

07/15/2021 at 9:18am EDT

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Luke Hughes

Size: 6-feet-2, 184 pounds.

Like his brothers, Hughes is supremely skilled; he’s a smooth skater with soft hands and a phenomenal passer with high-IQ vision. He’s stealthy and nimbly able to poke the puck away from an opponent. He has the ability to dart with the puck like Quinn, deftly avoiding defenders to create a scoring opportunity. He also has a great shot, and loves to use it. He needs to improve his decision-making on the defensive side, but that should come as he develops. He’s a late birthday, with his 18th birthday coming Sept. 9, narrowly missing the Sept. 15 cutoff. Hughes is committed to playing next season at Michigan, which is the same path Quinn took. (And Dylan Larkin, for that matter, who was drafted by the Wings in 2014, played at Michigan in 2014-15, and made the Wings in 2015.)

Why he makes sense: If Hughes is available to the Wings, he’d be hard to pass up. The Wings don’t score easily, and Hughes is a dynamic player who can run a power play, join the rush, make an outlet pass and transport the puck. Potentially, he and Seider could anchor the Wings’ defense for a decade.

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