Jack Hughes, the projected No. 1 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver on June 21-22, is writing a monthly diary this season for NHL.com leading up to the draft. The 17-year-old forward, who is the brother of Vancouver Canucks defenseman prospect Quinn Hughes, the No. 7 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, is a center playing for USA Hockey's National Team Development Program Under-18 team this season. He has 69 points (20 goals, 49 assists) in 35 games.
In his seventh entry, Hughes talks about his brother signing an entry-level contract with the Canucks and his goals down the stretch.
Hi hockey fans!
I was so glad I got to see Quinn sign his contract on Sunday to begin his NHL career with the Vancouver Canucks. It was something we knew was going to happen. I think his mind was made up, and once the University of Michigan lost their final game of the season, the picture became clearer.
After the loss to the University of Minnesota in the quarterfinal round of the Big Ten Tournament on Saturday, Quinn returned home on Sunday and the contract was here waiting for his signature. He signed ... it was great because we were all there at the house, so it was pretty special. He went back to Michigan that night, packed everything on Monday and was back at the house on Monday night. He was then on a flight at 6 o'clock the next morning (March 12) to Vancouver.
It was a surreal moment for the whole family to know he's finally in the NHL. Now there's no next level. We've always been looking forward to the next level and kind of pushing ourselves for the end goal and now he's there. It's going to be different for sure. It's going to be exciting to watch him play even though the games are going to be late ... but I'll watch him.
To read the full draft diary, click here.