Hughes scores in preseason debut


Jack Hughes delighted the Devils fans who came out to see him at The Prudential Center. In his first preseason action, the top pick scored a goal.

Of course he did. The new face of the franchise is going to bring smiles to many who bleed red and black in Newark.

Here’s how it looked and sounded courtesy of the Devils website online broadcast as called by professional radio play by play man Matt Loughlin.

It was a power play goal with 2018 first round pick Ty Smith drawing the primary assist with a perfect dish across for the Hughes one-timer that tied the score against the Bruins.

While Hughes will certainly be on the roster as the likely number two center behind Nico Hischier, Smith is vying for a spot on the New Jersey blueline. He nearly made the roster last year after getting drafted. Smith has good potential as a puck moving defenseman with great offensive capability.

The Devils are also playing a split squad game up in Montreal. They were trailing the Canadiens 2-1 at last check. Will Butcher had the lone goal.

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 New York administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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1 Response to Hughes scores in preseason debut

  1. hasan4978 says:

    And the OT game-winner no less…I’d have been better off watching that than the Jets latest fiasco.

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