Devils star Jack Hughes out week-to-week with upper-body injury
New Jersey Devils forward Jack Hughes will miss Thursday’s game against the Seattle Cracken and suffer an unspecified upper body injury every week.
Devils head coach Lindy Ruff said that Hughes should be at the “shorter end” of week-to-week, but no specific timeline was given for his return.
Hughes turned into a Hart Trophy contender this season with 35 goals and 67 points in 50 games. Trick with natural characteristics.
The first overall pick of 2019 was the impetus to turn the Devils into true Stanley Cup contenders. He was perhaps the most incendiary player in the NHL, and his extended absence would have been a huge loss for the Devils.
It’s unclear when Hughes got injured and it’s vital that he’s ready for the playoffs, but it’s a tough blow for the Devils to take in the interim. Hughes’ prodigious speed, creativity, and willingness to navigate tight spaces in the attacking zone have made him the catalyst for a Devils team that excels with lightning speed and a consistent two-man forecheck.
Hughes’ place in the squad will be taken by Alexander Holtz.
New Jersey is currently second in the Capital Division and third in the Eastern Conference with 70 points in 50 games. After Thursday’s game against the Kraken, the Devils embark on a four-game journey.
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