WATCH: Bruins prospect scores stunning between-the-legs goal for Wisconsin
Cameron Hughes, take a bow
As you can see throughout the NHL, the young players seem to come into the league with a higher skill level. Take a look down at the junior and college ranks and you'll see plenty of youngsters honing their craft and doing some incredible things, too.
Take, for instance, the goal scored by University of Wisconsin junior forward and Boston Bruins draft pick Cameron Hughes in Sunday afternoon's game against No. 6 Boston College.
It was a wild game between two of college hockey's proudest programs, but Hughes seemed to flip the whole thing on its head when he helped the Badgers stop the bleeding following a four-goal outburst from BC. In the final minutes of the middle frame, with Wisconsin trailing 6-2, Badgers forward Grant Besse intercepted a pass in the Eagles' zone. He quickly shuffled the puck on to Hughes, who was cutting hard to the net.
Hughes didn't have much space as BC goalie Joe Woll seemed to have the angle cut down. That's when Hughes dropped the move that most goalies never see coming. He slid the puck between his legs and somehow got a perfect roof shot off.
We've seen this move plenty of times of late, it seems, but it never gets any less stunning. This one was also perfectly executed at a high rate of speed. It takes guts to try it, but it was the only move Hughes had at that point and he nailed it.
That helped the Badgers start a mini rally as they scored each of the next two goals to cut Boston College lead to 6-5. The Eagles eventually pulled away with a pair of empty net goals to salvage a road split.
While the result wasn't kind for the Badgers, the Boston Bruins had to love what they saw in that one. Not only was Hughes' goal the highlight of the game and probably one of the best we'll see this college hockey season, but Bruins recent first-round draft pick Trent Frederic had a four-point game for the Badgers with a goal and three assists. On top of that, Boston College's Ryan Fitzgerald, also a Bruins pick, had a goal and one assist in the Eagles' win.
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