Jack Hughes, the projected No. 1 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver on June 21-22, will write 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 Quintin Hughes, the No. 7 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, will play for USA Hockey's National Team Development Program Under-18 team this season. In his first entry, Hughes discusses what it was like to play in the USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Wednesday.
Hello hockey fans!
I'm glad I'll be able to put together a monthly draft diary for you on NHL.com this season to give you an idea what's happening during the season with me and USA Hockey's National Team Development Program.
First stop of the season was the All-American Prospects Game at Xcel Energy Center in Minnesota on Wednesday. We arrived Tuesday, hung out at the Bauer store and ate at Chipotle for dinner. We had an early night because the game was the next day.
We woke up around 7 a.m. the following morning and went right to the morning skate, watched the Minnesota Wild skate before us, then my team, Team Jordan Leopold, and Team Jamie Langenbrunner got on. We were on for about 30 minutes, just to get a feel for the ice and the puck.
After the skate we went to a luncheon and Wild general manager Paul Fenton gave a nice talk, and Wild forward Luke Kunin spoke about his experiences with USA Hockey and how we shouldn't take them for granted.
To read the full diary, click here.