Jack Hughes is becoming a consistent, game-changing scorer at even strength for the Devils – [Update News]

Yesterday was a difficult day for the New Jersey Devils. A slew of injuries was announced — Dougie Hamilton with a broken jaw, Nico Hischier with a lower-body injury, plus Pavel Zacha and Yegor Sharangovich were placed on COVID-19 protocol. 

Their winning streak against the Boston Bruins ended. 

But this team came to battle, while short-handed, against a team that’s expected to contend in the Eastern Conference. They had already won three straight games for the second consecutive season. Jack Hughes was at center of it all, scoring nine points over the last four games. That brings him to 17 total points in 17 games. 

Since the Devils drafted Hughes first overall in 2019, he’s been an essential part of their future success. And this season, especially as of late, he’s putting that game-changing play on display. 

Hughes did struggle relative to other first overall picks in his rookie season, and that reputation has been tough to shed — especially when he didn’t light it up the following year. He did however make progress and became a genuine impact player last year.

In his rookie year, he scored 21 points in 61 games. The sophomore then added 31 points in 56 more games.