Jack Hughes

Jack Hughes

21-Year-Old CenterC
New Jersey Devils
2022 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed an eight-year, $64 million extension with the Devils in November of 2021.
Takes ice with first group
CNew Jersey Devils
September 22, 2022
Hughes (knee) was on the ice in the first practice session Thursday, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Hughes ended last season sidelined by an MCL sprain. He showed massive improvements in year three, posting 26 goals and 30 assists in 49 contests, which sets him up to be one of the biggest 2022-23 breakout candidates. The 21-year-old should see a significant role throughout the upcoming year.
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2021–22 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    19:34
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    2:53
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:04
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2019–20
15:52
3:11
0:01
2020–21
19:04
2:58
0:03
2021–22
19:34
2:53
0:04
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Done for season
CNew Jersey Devils
Knee
April 5, 2022
Hughes suffered a sprained MCL and will not return this season.
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Not playing, awaiting test results
CNew Jersey Devils
Undisclosed
April 5, 2022
Hughes (lower body) did not participate in morning skate Tuesday and won't play versus the Rangers, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
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Injured Sunday
CNew Jersey Devils
Undisclosed
April 3, 2022
Hughes (undisclosed) left Sunday's game against Islanders and did not return, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
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Powers offense Sunday
CNew Jersey Devils
March 27, 2022
Hughes scored twice on seven shots, including one power-play goal, in Sunday's 3-2 shootout win over the Canadiens.
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Big leap forward this season
CNew Jersey Devils
March 26, 2022
Hughes had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 loss to Washington on Saturday.
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