Apr. 13, 2019
New Jersey Devils
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Great signing by Devils....and great for Hughes too.
I have found there are two types of Hughes detractors out there:
(1) people that never watch him play, just look at point totals, and conclude he is a bust
(2) people who view him as hockey's version of Justin Bieber.
For people that have watched him play, this contract is a good one.
He has dominated many stat categories (possession, passing, zone entries, takeaways, penalties drawn, etc).
That usually leads to bigger point numbers.
Also, he arrived in NJ at 5'10" maybe 145-150 lbs.
He is now 5'11" has added 15 lbs in each off-season, and if that continues, he will be 5'11" 190 lbs by the start of this contract.
Jack Hughes, Nico Hischier, Dougie Hamilton, Luke Hughes, Ty Smith, MacKenzie Blackwood, Alexander Holtz, Dawson Mercer, Jesper Bratt, Pavel Zacha, Yegor Sharangovich, and the list goes on
Love it. Absolutely love it.
NJD had already gone all in on Hughes and Hischier a while ago. Especially on Hughes. And almost instantly as well. In the year they selected Hughes, they drafted four childhood friends/teammates of Jack’s (Vukojevic, Moynihan, Clarke, McCarthy, etc). They invited others to camp. And most recently just drafted his little brother (a worthwhile pick in his own right). They have not been shy about this being Jack’s team.
Shero had been building a system around speed and puck possession for years and Hughes’ arrival cemented that strategy into place.
So if we paid him $6m or $8m, it doesn’t really matter as the whole thing is built around him anyway. If Jack thrives, the team will be successful. If he fails, the team will likely be unsuccessful.
So the question shouldn’t be whether or not we should have paid him $4m or $6m or $8m. The more fitting question is: Should NJD have hitched their boat to Jack’s? If yes, than of course, pay him $8m x 8.