Jack Hughes

Jack Hughes

23-Year-Old CenterC
New Jersey Devils
Out
Injury Shoulder
Est. Return 9/15/2024
2023 Fantasy Outlook
One of the top young stars in the game, Hughes finally showed the elite offensive ceiling that made him the top pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. He set new career highs with 43 goals and 99 points, crushing his previous highs of 26 and 56, respectively. Of those 99 points, 31 came with the man advantage while he finished fifth in the NHL with 336 shots on goal. Hughes doesn't contribute in many other categories though, as he totaled just 12 hits, 30 blocked shots and six PIM last year. The 22-year-old should have no issue repeating his successful 2022-23 campaign; Hughes will maintain his role as the Devils' top-line center and top power-play option. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed an eight-year, $64 million contract extension with the Devils in November of 2021.
Undergoing shoulder surgery
CNew Jersey Devils
Shoulder
April 9, 2024
Hughes will have shoulder surgery Wednesday and miss the remainder of the 2023-24 campaign.
ANALYSIS
Hughes and the Devils were running out of time to make the postseason, so the decision for the world-class center to have surgery likely won't have any impact on the team's playoff prospects anyway. Instead, Hughes will get a head start on his recovery for the 2024-25 campaign by missing the last four games of the current season. The 22-year-old Florida native ends the year having racked up 27 goals and 47 helpers, including 31 power-play points. Shane Bowers should see an uptick in opportunities with Hughes on the shelf.
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2023–24 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    20:58
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    3:48
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:04
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2021–22
19:34
2:53
0:04
2022–23
19:58
3:10
0:04
2023–24
20:58
3:48
0:04
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Getting ready to return
CNew Jersey Devils
February 8, 2024
Hughes is centering the third line at morning practice and may return from his upper-body injury Thursday versus Calgary, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Hughes has missed the last 11 games. He lined up with Tyler Toffoli and Alexander Holtz during practice and will see first-unit power-play time, if he returns. Hughes has 15 goals and 45 points in only 32 contests this season.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Those hoping for a breakout from Hughes in 2021-22 got their wish, although multiple injuries limited him to just 49 games. That's the bad news. The good news is that Hughes was dominant when healthy, averaging over a point-per-game (26 goals, 56 points), in addition to adding 14 points with the man advantage. The upside here is ridiculous when you take into account Hughes will play the entire 2022-23 campaign at age 21. This may very well be the last year you can get Hughes at anything approaching a "discount" in fantasy drafts.
Hughes made legitimate progress in his second NHL campaign. His scoring numbers (11 goals, 31 points in 56 games) increased considerably and his plus-minus rating improved from a minus-26 in 2019-20 to just a minus-3 this past season. The fact Hughes didn't miss a game all year is also a positive sign. It can be difficult at times to get excited about anyone on the Devils from a fantasy perspective, but Hughes is the unquestioned No. 1 center for a club which signed the best free agent on the market in Dougie Hamilton and projects to be a considerably better team in 2021-22. This may very well be the final year fantasy owners can get Hughes at a potential discount on draft day.
Hughes struggled as an 18-year-old rookie last season, finishing the campaign with seven goals, 14 assists, nine power-play points and an ugly minus-26 rating in 61 games. Part of his poor performance can be attributed to the fact he was playing for a bottom-six Devils team that fired its head coach and general manager mid-season, but he also looked outmatched physically at times, which isn't exactly surprising considering he was a teenager playing against full-grown men. With an elongated offseason of training under his belt, the number one pick from last year's draft should perform far better in year two, although his upside will be capped by the fact he'll be playing for a New Jersey squad that will likely only be marginally better in 2020-21. Nonetheless, virtual managers shouldn't hesitate to snag Hughes with a late-round pick in this year's fantasy drafts due to his breakout potential alone.
Hughes was billed as the top prospect in the 2019 draft for a while, so it was no surprise to see him drafted first overall by the Devils. He needs to fill out a bit at 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds, but defenders can't hit what they can't catch, and Hughes' combination of skating ability, puck skills and vision often allows him to easily get by defensemen. Hughes has often drawn comparisons to star Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane, and Kane-like production could well represent his realistic ceiling after some development. The 18-year-old will likely need some time to adjust to the NHL, but Hughes should make a difference right away, especially if he can beat out Nico Hischier for the first-line center job alongside Taylor Hall.
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Out Tuesday
CNew Jersey Devils
Upper Body
April 9, 2024
Hughes (upper body) will not play Tuesday against Toronto, per Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site.
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One of each Sunday
CNew Jersey Devils
March 25, 2024
Hughes posted one goal and one assist in Sunday's 4-0 win over the Islanders.
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Four points over last two games
CNew Jersey Devils
March 21, 2024
Hughes scored two power-play goals Thursday in a 4-1 win over Winnipeg.
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Two helpers against Pens
CNew Jersey Devils
March 20, 2024
Hughes notched two assists, one on the power play, in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Penguins.
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Two points in Tuesday's loss
CNew Jersey Devils
March 6, 2024
Hughes scored a power-play goal and added an even-strength assist in Tuesday's 5-3 loss to the Panthers.
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