The World Championships haven’t officially started yet. They’re still in the exhibition stages. However, that hasn’t stopped the Devils from showing their enthusiasm for a certain American prospect wearing a number six Team USA jersey.
Jack Hughes had a sweet primary assist on a James van Riemsdyk power play goal that put USA ahead 4-2 on Germany. They can’t contain their excitement over the future of the franchise because let’s face it. They’re going to take Hughes with the first pick in next month’s NHL Draft.
He’s got world class skill. Interestingly, Adam Fox picked up the secondary assist on the power play goal by feeding Hughes, who drove towards the net and threaded a perfect backhand pass for an easy van Riemsdyk finish. It’s good to see the recently signed Rangers defense prospect representing America overseas.
There’s sure to be a lot of fanfare over this tournament. Especially when both Hughes and Kaapo Kakko are representing their countries. Kakko for Finland. Those are the top two picks. What makes it better is it involves the Hudson Rivalry. Devil and Ranger fans are salivating.
Save the Artemi Panarin talk for the summer.