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Devils select Jack Hughes with top pick in NHL Draft

June 22 2019 3:55 AM

The New Jersey Devils got their man, selecting center Jack Hughes with the first pick in the NHL Draft on Friday.

In an unsurprising move, New Jersey took United States National Team Development Program (NTDP) center Hughes.

Hughes has been the top prospect in the draft before the season even started.

When his brother, Quinn, was taken number seven overall in 2018, Hughes became the focus.

Hughes, 18, scored 34 goals and added 78 assists for the NTDP this year.

He broke the NTPD's career scoring record and averaged more than two points per game this season. He was widely seen as a surefire top pick and should be a cornerstone for any team in the middle for years to come.

The only question about the top selection was whether the Devils would go rogue and take Finland winger Kaapo Kakko instead. He jumped up draft boards over the second half of the season and really came into the spotlight when he scored five goals in the first two games of the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in May.

Kakko helped Finland to a championship and had some people asking if he could overtake Hughes as the number one prospect.

The New York Rangers picked Kakko with the second selection.

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