Jack Hughes is only 17 years old and he is projected to be the number one pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. Hughes is projected to be a franchise changing player.
In 30 games played with the U.S. National U18 Team, he has scored 13 goals and recorded 45 assists so far this season. Hughes has also played in 13 games in the USHL with the USNTDP Juniors. He has scored two goals and recorded 18 assists so far this season. His plus/minus is 4.
Hughes also played in four games with the USA U20 team in the WJC-20 earlier this hockey season. He recorded four assists and his plus/minus was 2.
Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks were American born players that were selected number one overall in the NHL Draft. Which teams might have the chance to draft Jack Hughes with the number one overall pick this summer?
The Ottawa Senators have the worst record in the league and they would have been the favorites to land him, but that pick actually belongs to the Colorado Avalanche because of the Matt Duchene last season.
The Los Angeles Kings have the second best chance to land Hughes. I think this wouldn’t be a very good situation for him because the team is older and they need to go into a full rebuild.
The Detroit Red Wings have the third best chance to land him right now. Detroit is one of the most historic franchises and they have potential pieces. Dylan Larkin, Filip Zadina, and Joseph Veleno will be some of the key players in the near future. They could very well be a playoff team as soon as next season if Hughes was drafted by the Red Wings.
The New Jersey Devils and the Edmonton Oilers would be the next favorites to land him. New Jersey just received the number one pick in 2017 and they selected Nico Hischier over Nolan Patrick. Jack Hughes would provide more depth for this team and could you imagine Hughes, Hischier, Taylor Hall, and Kyle Palmieri on the same power play?
Hughes would possibly be the best thing that ever happened to Connor McDavid in Edmonton. McDavid would get that depth help he desperately needs. They have one of the worst rosters in the NHL thanks to ex-general manager Peter Chiarelli. The Oilers have had a history of botching top draft picks, but maybe they will finally get it right with new management in the front office.
Whoever gets the number one pick in the NHL Draft come June, they will most likely be ecstatic to land Jack Hughes.