Hughes had two assists and two shots with a plus-3 rating in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime win over Boston.
Hughes set up a pair of Pavel Zacha goals, including a power-play tally in the first period and the game-winner in overtime. It was Hughes' third two-assist performance in the last five contests, giving the 19-year-old sophomore 31 points in 54 games on the year.
Hughes delivered two assists Saturday in a 4-1 win over the Flyers.
Hughes has stepped up his game of late. He's firing more pucks and has five points (one goal, four assists) in his last five games. The talent is there, but there's still a lot of room for improvement. Hughes needs to invest a lot of time this summer at the face-off dot, where he regularly loses almost two-thirds of the time. But he's set new career marks in goals (11) and assists (18), and sits at minus-2, which is a massive jump from his minus-26 rating as a rookie last year.
Hughes had two assists and one shot in a 6-4 win over the Flyers on Tuesday.
Hughes figured in on New Jersey's first two goals, assisting on power-play tallies by Nico Hischier in the first period and Pavel Zacha in the middle frame. The 19-year-old has posted 11 goals and 27 points in 49 games in his sophomore campaign.
Hughes picked up two assists in Saturday's 6-3 loss to the Rangers.
Both helpers came early in the third period as the Devils tried to stage a rally from a 4-1 deficit. Hughes had gone scoreless in his prior three games, and on the season the first overall pick in the 2019 draft has nine goals and 23 points through 43 contests.
Hughes had a goal and two assists in Thursday's 6-3 win over Buffalo.
Hughes came into this one with just a single assist in his last 10 games, but he busted out of the slump in a big way here. His line with Yegor Sharangovich and Janne Kuokkanen showed excellent chemistry, as each member scored a goal assisted by the other two. Hughes' tally in the first period was his eighth goal of the season, and the 2019 first overall pick has added 12 assists in 38 games.
Hughes had a goal and an assist in a 3-2 victory over Pittsburgh on Thursday.
The points were his first in four games. And after a hot start to the season -- six points in his first three games -- Hughes has just 10 points in 24 games since then. Yes, he's talented, but we all need to remember he's a 19-year-old leader on a struggling team. Hughes' production is much better than his rookie year and he'll certainly finish this season with a strong step forward. But the big leap may not come until 2021-22.
Hughes opened the scoring in Thursday's 6-1 loss to the Rangers.
Hughes caught Igor Shesterkin napping, as the goalie seemed to be anticipating an icing call. Instead, the puck took a lively carom off the boards and right onto Hughes' stick in front. The second-year center has played his best hockey against the Rangers this season, scoring three goals in three games against New York and two goals in 16 games against everyone else.
Hughes delivered a goal Sunday in a 4-3 loss to the Capitals.
The No. 1 overall pick from 2019 is riding a three-game point streak comprised of a goal and two helpers. His backhander on the rush propelled the Devils to a 2-0 lead in the latest contest, but the Capitals would rally back to stun the visitors.
Hughes cleared the NHL's COVID-19 protocol Sunday, Corey Masisak of The Athletic reports.
The Devils have just five players left in the league's virus protocol. They're scheduled to return Tuesday against the Rangers. Hughes was enjoying a breakout before the team paused activities, recording eight points and 19 shots on net over nine games.
Per NHL Public Relations on Monday, Hughes (COVID-19 protocol) and the Devils' games have been postponed through at least Feb. 15, which means his next opportunity to play won't be until Feb. 16 against the Rangers.
Hughes is one of 16 players in the league's virus protocol, so their return date is far from certain. Furthermore, it's uncertain if Hughes will be ready to play when the Devils retake the ice.
Hughes was placed in the NHL's COVID-19 protocol Tuesday, Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers reports.
The Devils currently have 14 players in the league's COVID-19 protocol, including Hughes. The team's games are currently postponed until Feb. 9, when the Devils are scheduled to retake the ice against the Penguins. Even if they do resume play at that time, it's uncertain if Hughes will be available. The 19-year-old has posted eight points through nine games this season.
The Devils have postponed their next three games due to COVID-19 protocol, and Hughes' next scheduled game is Feb. 9 against the Penguins.
The Devils doubled their number of players in COVID-19 protocol Monday, as they now have 10 players on the list. In turn, their next three games have been postponed. This is a fluid situation, but for now, the team is planning to retake the ice Feb. 9.
Hughes and the Devils won't play Tuesday against the Penguins after the game was postponed, Kevin Weekes of NHL.com reports.
Due to a COVID-19 situation among the Devils, the game will be put off to a later date. Currently, the team has revealed five players in COVID-19 protocol, including MacKenzie Blackwood, Connor Carrick, Aaron Dell, Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac. There hasn't been any news about Thursday's game versus the Penguins, but it wouldn't be surprising if that contest was postponed as well.
Hughes scored the game-winning goal Sunday in a 2-0 win over the Islanders.
Hughes struggled last season, but he has taken a big step forward in 2020-21. He already has three goals and four assists in five games, and looks every part the dominant young star we hoped he'd be. Hughes is a must-play every time you get a chance.
Hughes scored two even-strength goals and added a power-play assist in Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Rangers.
After lighting the lamp twice in less than five minutes during the second period, the 19-year-old helped set up Miles Wood for the eventual game-winner before the second intermission. The first overall pick in the 2019 draft appears set to take a huge step forward in his second NHL campaign, and Hughes already has two goals and six points through the Devils' first three games.
Hughes dished out two assists and added three shots in Thursday's 3-2 shootout loss to Boston.
Hughes assisted on both of New Jersey's third-period goals to force overtime, then failed to beat Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask on a golden opportunity in the waning seconds of the extra session before being stymied again in the shootout. The first overall pick in the 2019 draft struggled to adjust as a rookie and totaled only 21 points in 61 games, but Hughes looked much more comfortable in the first game of his sophomore season.
The Devils announced Thursday that they have chosen not to release Hughes for the 2021 World Junior Hockey Championships, Mike Morreale of NHL.com reports.
The Devils took the cautious approach to preserve their 2019 No. 1 pick, as the longer layoff will give Hughes a chances to be better prepared for the start of the 2020-21 NHL season. The 19-year-old supplied seven goals and 21 points across 61 games in his rookie season, as he's expected to take a big jump heading into his second full season.
Hughes finished the 2019-20 campaign with just seven goals, 21 points and an ugly minus-26 rating in 61 games.
Hughes was just 18 years old for the entirety of the season and simply didn't look physically ready for the NHL at times, but you don't see No. 1 overall picks playing in the minors anymore. The American pivot still has an exceedingly bright future ahead of him, and there's no reason to believe that he won't ultimately live up to his lofty expectations, particularly once New Jersey's supporting cast begins to improve.
Hughes posted two shots and a minus-2 rating across 18:05 in Tuesday's 3-0 loss to the Blues.
Hughes flanked Nico Hischier on the first line in this contest, as the 18-year-old shifted away from his natural center position. Considering the rookie has just 12 even-strength points over 51 games, this could aid his transition to the NHL ranks. Hughes has flashed his upside this year by utilizing his high-end skating abilities to split defenders and make plays, but it seems his fantasy value is best-suited for dynasty formats and deep redraft leagues at this time. Nevertheless, increased top-six duties should raise his ceiling going forward.
Hughes was benched in the second period of Thursdays 6-5 shootout loss to the Predators, reports Mike Morreale of NHL.com.
His coach Alain Nasreddine said Hughes' game lacked "effort, attention to detail, getting involved and engaged in the game." The benching for the young phenom, who failed to record a point in the high-scoring affair, was intended to be a quick reset. The kid is competitive, so watch for Hughes to show his coach something next game out.
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