You read that right, people! In a nondescript development, three years after Jack Hughes finished first overall in the draft, we have another Jack Hughes to talk about. This one, although he is not related to the Devils’ Hughes, is the son of the new Canadiens GM Kent Hughes, because hockey is the smallest of the worlds, so there is that.
Hughes benefited from his birthday in November 2003 and has already completed two seasons with NTDP before leaving for Northeastern University, where he spent his draft year playing. And while he hasn’t found the same eye-catching results as some of last year’s draft-eligible players who took a leap into the college game, he has already carved out quite a small role for himself and established himself as the former should. to be round talent.
BSH 2022 Community Draft Board, No. 23: Jack Hughes
Team: Northeastern University (NCAA)
Statistics: 7 G, 9 A, in 39 GPs
No. 26 (NA skaters) of NHL Central Scouting
n. 27 of McKenzie / TSN (mid season)
No. NR of Dobber outlook (April)
n. 29 of Wheeler / Atletico
What is there to like?
Hughes’ scoring stats from last season don’t positively jump off the page, but for last season’s youngest college hockey player on a not particularly marked Northeastern team, his results were respectable. He was putting things together more as the season progressed, and is ready to step up next season. And what’s more, it’s hard to overestimate the advantage he has from having a full college season before he’s even signed up.
But as far as his actual skills are concerned, he’s a little raw, but there’s a good basis for him to become a well-rounded collaborator on a professional level. Even if the execution is sometimes lacking (more on that later), he does a great job and you can tell that his instinct is leading him in the right direction, that the ideas are good. He has a good nose for the net, gets to the right areas to score from and to score on dangerous occasions, and also does a good job of finding passing lanes. He attracts attackers well to himself, and therefore can do a good job of cutting them off or turning away from them (which is a testament to his work to advantage him) to evade them.
He is also a hard working player, and that really helps him in all areas of the ice, but particularly in the defensive zone. He works hard to stay true to the plays, makes preliminary checks well, and can be quite effective at pushing opponents back and forcing turnovers. He also supports his teammates well when they are in battles with the pucks in the corners, as he isn’t often caught looking at the puck, but rather gets into a fast lane to take out the pucks coming out of those corners.
As we mentioned a bit, what we can see with Hughes is that while he has good instincts and works hard to get things right, he’s still a little raw, a little bit of a project. Disc skills are a work in progress. He can struggle with the safety of the puck, holds the puck a little too far from his body, so he can be caught swinging more often than you’d like to see, or spends a little too much time dusting it off to really have a lethal catch hit. and release. He can make up for some of that with his he work ethic, but he’ll have to refine it before he can take the next big step in his development.
The same goes for his skating: while the mechanics of his pace are fine, he doesn’t have excellent speed. He’s done well, well, NCAA level with this one, but he’ll have to improve it if he really wants to stay on a professional level.
How would it fit the Flyers‘system?
Flyers are in dire need of more highly skilled centers in their pipeline, but the fit with Hughes may not be perfect. For one thing, they pointed out that they want to get faster, and as this is a weak point for Hughes even at the college level, that might make the Flyers pause. He’s also more of a player passing first, which isn’t a bad thing in and of itself, but the flyers are more than sufficiently stocked with that player form in their pipeline. Now, could these game elements of him be developed to better suit the needs of the team if the Flyers ended up with him? Sure, probably! But on the surface, the fit here doesn’t look the absolute best.
Could Flyers Really Get It?
Most likely not. Things tend to get a little weird at this point in the draft, and while we’re seeing that Hughes mostly planned to go into the later part of the first round, it wouldn’t be a big surprise to see him drop in the second round. The bad news, of course, is that the Flyers have given up on their pick of the second round in last year’s Ristolainen exchange, so everyone but they are eliminated from the mix here. Alas!
We will make an addition to the survey:
Lane Hutson— D, US NTDP (USDP / USHL) – 10G, 53A in 60GP (USDP) and 6G, 26A in 27GP (USHL)
The reality is that there aren’t many defenders of Hutson’s size playing in the NHL, even if the game changes. And those guys were never selected in the first round. But there aren’t many players who play like Hutson in hockey. I am often asked how tall he would go if he were 6 foot-3 tall and the reality is that he wouldn’t be able to do much of what makes him so interesting at that size. He is a unique player who uses a light (though not powerful) step to create entrances and exits, overcome cover, escape pressure and find or create seams. – Scott Wheeler, The Athletic
Who should be No. 24 of the 2022 Community Governing Council?
This survey is closed
16 votes in total
1. Shane Wright – C, Kingston (OHL)
2. Juraj Slafkovský – LW, TPS (Liiga)
3. Logan Cooley – C, NTDP (USDP / USHL)
4. Simone Nemec – D, HK Nitra (Slovakia)
5. Matteo Savoia – C, Winnipeg (OHL)
6. David Jiricek – D, HC Plzeň (Czechia)
7. Joakim Kemell – V, JYP (Liiga)
8. Conor Geekie – C, Winnipeg (OHL)
9. Franco Nazar – C, NTDP (USDP / USHL)
T-10. Brad Lambert – C, JYP / Pelicans (Liiga)
T-10. Cutter Gauthier – C, NTDP (USDP / USHL)
12. Ivan Miroshnichenko – LW, Omskie Krylia (VHL)
13. Jonathan Lekkerimaki – RW, Djurgårdens IF (Ligga)
14. Daniela Yurov – RW, Metallurg Magnitogorsk (KHL)
15. Isaac Howard – LW, NTDP (USDP / USHL)
16. Pavel Mintyukov – D, Spirit of Saginaw (OHL)
17. Jimmy Snuggerud – RW, NTDP USA (USDP / USHL)
18. Rutger McGroarty – LW, US NTDP (USDP / USHL)
19. Marco Casper – C, Rogle BK (SHL)
20. Owen Pickering – D, Rapid Current (WHL)
21. Seamus Casey – D, NTDP (USDP / USHL)
22. Denton Mateychuk – D, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)
23. Jack Hughes – C, northeast (NCAA)