We’ve passed the beginning of the free agency period and now hockey talk will cool down for a bit, leaving me with little to talk about. To say I’m confused with the players Chicago sign is an understatement. I’m hoping a big trade is in the future before the season starts so I can see another playoff run. But while hockey is in its dead season, I decided to do a weekly analysis of prospects eligible for the 2019 NHL Draft. So, that brings me to our first prospect, Jack Hughes.
Hockey runs in Jack Hughes’ blood. His father Jim played at Providence College. His mother Ellen played hockey and the University of New Hampshire and is the one who taught Jack and his brothers how to skate. His older brother, Quinn, got drafted 7thoverall this year by the Vancouver Canucks and his younger brother Luke has already committed to Michigan at the age of 14. Jack, however, is a talent that has been compared to some great talents like Connor McDavid, Patrick Kane, and Johnny Gaudreau. Comparisons are all they are, but Hughes is really one of the best prospects the draft has seen in the past decade. Currently playing for the U.S. National Team Development Program. Playing with the U-18 team, Hughes was third in points, totaling 68 over the course of the season.
You need to watch Hughes’ highlight reel, the kid is absolutely sick. At 5’10, 160 pounds, Hughes has room to grow, but he’s only 17. If he was put in the NHL right now, he’d immediately be considered one of the fastest players. Hughes has incredible vision, which shows in his 41 assists with the U-18’s. He also has amazing hands and typically makes the goalie look foolish. His defense could also use work, but he will be the number one pick regardless.
Hughes is the type of player you don’t mind tanking for. If the Hawks don’t make the playoffs, I need them to win the lottery and take Hughes. He will definitely be a difference maker with whatever team drafts him. Hughes and his extremely talented family seem to be the future of an already fast NHL.
Cue the highlight reel.