Could prime prospect Luke Hughes quickly be becoming a member of his brother, Jack, on the Devils?
“I think Luke would love to play with Jack,” 2019 Rangers seventh-round choose Eric Ciccolini, who skilled with Jack in Toronto, informed The Post. “As we have seen in the past in the NHL, it’s always cool seeing brothers play together and I’m sure it would be something special if Luke goes to the Devils.”
The Devils have the No. 4 choose within the draft, and Luke, 17, is ranked No. 4 in NHL Central Scouting’s rating of North American skaters. Luke is hoping 4 is the magic quantity, and the Devils name his title Friday evening on the 2021 NHL Draft (8 p.m., ESPN2).
“It would be unbelievable to go to the Devils,” Luke, a defenseman dedicated to the University of Michigan, informed the media on a pre-draft convention name. “Jack clearly wants me to be there. It would be super cool to play with him, and I’d love that. But at the same time, there’s 32 great teams out there, and I would be happy to go to any one of those teams.”
In 2021, the Devils surrendered 189 objectives in 56 video games, the fifth-most in hockey. Members of the group have had conversations with Luke because the workforce explores the opportunity of deciding on him to enhance their protection.
“I have talked to the Devils a few times and the conversations went well,” Luke stated. “I’ve been to the rink, I know the franchise pretty well. Jack loves it in New Jersey. It’s a really cool rink, really cool fan base. That would certainly be exciting, but like I said, there’s 32 great teams out there.”
If Luke is drafted by the Devils, it will assist the brothers grow to be even nearer. Luke — who watches Devils video games each time he doesn’t have one in every of his personal — would get a front-row seat to see his brother on the ice.
“The Hughes brothers are really tight,” Ciccolini stated. “They are always feeding off each other and especially in Luke’s situation, he has seen his brothers grow and learn so much from them. Watching all three of them in minor hockey was something special because they were always the top players to look out for.”
The Hughes title is turning into NHL royalty. Defenseman Quinn Hughes — the oldest brother — was drafted seventh general by the Canucks in 2018 and Jack was drafted first general by the Devils in 2019. They are matching the spectacular legacy of their mother and father — Jim launched into an extended skilled hockey profession and Ellen received a silver medal with the U.S. on the 1992 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Luke was dwelling together with his household, and seen it as a present (“We will probably never get time with each other like that ever again,” Luke stated.), soaking of their recommendation as he ready for the NHL.
“They kind of taught me going into the year that you have to be ready for everything,” Luke stated. “There cannot be too many highs and lows. You have to stay level headed.”
Last yr, nonetheless, did function some highs and lows. Luke scored 34 factors in 38 video games with USA’s under-18 workforce, however suffered a lacerated tendon to his foot on March 7. The 6-foot-2, 176-pound prospect plans on being on the ice for the U.S. on the weeklong World Junior Summer Showcase, which begins Saturday, after almost making a full restoration.
“I’ve been skating for five weeks now, I’ve been working out for like eight or nine,” Luke stated. “I feel really good. I’m almost 100 percent, just trying to get my timing and stuff back. Finished rehab and there’s no problem with the toe. It feels great and I’ll be ready to go.”
Luke can be able to be drafted Friday evening. And whereas his brothers could quickly be his competitors, Luke isn’t going to check himself to them — as a result of the trio will at all times be on Team Hughes.
“I think both my brothers are really good players and all three of us are going to be really good players when it is all said and done, so it is not fair to me to [compare],” Luke stated.