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 leads the team with 56 points (13 goals, 43 assists) in 28 games.
In his fifth entry, Hughes recaps the 2019 World Junior Championship. Hughes had four points, all assists, in four tournament games. The United States won a silver medal, losing to Finland in the championship game. Hughes missed three games with an undisclosed injury.
It was awesome to play in the World Juniors, represent the United States and get a chance to play with my brother, Quinn. It was a lot of fun and many good memories for sure. It was a good couple of weeks for me and my family.
We had a good group in that locker room. A lot of good kids and a lot of great players, so it was fun to be around them and get to know them even better and winning a fourth straight medal at World Juniors was important. We would have preferred a gold medal, but we'll settle for silver. Now all of us are back with our regular teams but I know we'll all look back on the tournament and remember it as a great couple of weeks.
I tweaked an injury in a pre-tournament game and it persisted in our opening win against Slovakia, so the coaches thought it more important for me to rest and come back for the medal games rather than rushing me back for three more preliminary games. I felt like I played really good hockey. I feel like the tournament was good for me. I would have liked to have done a little bit more but it's over now and I'm looking ahead to the future.
To read the full draft diary, click here.