Devils can’t contain excitement over Jack Hughes

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.

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of Hudson administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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