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  1. Some good quotes in this article: https://www.nhl.com/devils/news/worlds-hughes-breaks-out-in-final-game-of-tournament/c-307533266 Blashill finally gives Jack props and there's some tidbits from Hynes: Hynes also noted Hughes' speed and skating, his vision and hockey sense and his playmaking abilities before concluding: "There's no question, he's a game-breaking player and will develop into a franchise player that will help drive a team and play a top line center role in the NHL. "If he does end up becoming a New Jersey Devil," Hynes continued. "I think that the fact that I've had the opportunity to get to know him and a relationship has been created and we've been working together, that's a big step in having a young talented player feel comfortable in his first year in the NHL to help him be able to make an impact sooner rather than later."
  2. Some reactions from today's game: @TheDraftAnalyst Jack Hughes in this tournament has spent more time supporting behind the net than at any point in the last two regular seasons. Clearly making an effort to improve his defensive-zone play, and he’s picked off passes as well. — Don’t care if it’s one game — Jack Hughes is making a lot of you look pretty fvckin' stupid. @chrismpeters Jack Hughes was named U.S. Player of the Game in today’s quarterfinal after his two-assist performance. Played 12:52 in the game, but his minutes went up in the third period. -- Jack Hughes was a big part of USA’s toughest game of the tournament. He looked like a pro today with his reads and his effort. He was hard on pucks, getting his stick under guys and made confident plays. Two assists against the best team in the tournament by a mile.
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    With all these 1995 memories, I wanted to post this here - the NJD just retweeted this:
  4. Good article on Jack - it's long but some good pics and even a Langenbrunner quote: https://www.nhl.com/news/jack-hughes-gets-assist-from-family-ahead-of-2019-nhl-draft/c-307453174 ETA: Patrick Kane quote: And yet the Blackhawks forward believes Hughes can be not just a comparable NHL player, but better. "I feel like when smaller players come into the League and they have that offensive-type game, it seems to be easy to compare them to a guy like me," said Kane, who is 5-foot-10, 170 pounds, but was 5-9, 160 at the 2007 NHL Scouting Combine. "But I think he does a lot of things better than me, to be honest with you. "He's always moving, always skating, and even if he's not near the puck or the action, he's still got his speed and he's coming into the zone or coming into the action with a lot of movement and speed."
  5. I'm surprised Kakko needs a translator. The NYR locker room will be interesting between all the new Russians & the Finn ... Was it @jagknife that was having some fun with Hynes not liking guys that don't speak English well? I guess that settles it - Hughes it is
  6. Speaking of, neat little fact (good drafting): @HockeyPulz With Yegor Rykov reportedly signing an ELC with the Rangers, that means that all 9 players selected by the #NJDevils in the 2016 NHL draft have signed NHL entry-level contracts. How crazy is that?
  7. Short little interview with Kathryn Tappen & Jack - she asks him a few random Qs (favorite cheat food? pizza with pepperoni & olives... and hot sauce) - sorry if this has already been posted elsewhere: https://www.nbcsports.com/video/general/ice-kathryn-tappen
  8. Steve Kournianos posted this about Jack Hughes the other day FWIW: "For years, Hughes outscored his peers — elite and average groups — by a 2:1 or 3:1 margin in league and international play. That’s one way you assess a ceiling. Fast forward to 5-6 years when he’s in his prime, playing against those same peers and many others younger in the NHL. The average age of an NHL player is 27-29. When he’s 24, he’ll be competing against the same majority peer group with 20+ min TOI. Right now, the average age of an IIHF WC team is 26-27. Hughes is 18. That means he’s 8-9 years YOUNGER than the average player. And he’s playing 4th-line minutes. It’s a nonstandard condition. The idea that Hughes — the world’s most elite teenage hockey talent the last 3-4 years — won’t adjust, improve, strengthen, and fine-tune what he already does at an elite level — is one of the dumbest —THE DUMBEST — things I have ever heard. Remember six months ago when his shot was criticized? Did you see the U18’s? Did you hear his interviews? Clearly he saw it as an area he needed to work on, and he did." .... "Small sample size. Four WJC games and three WC games? I don’t think it’s a great unknown at all. I’m looking at Hughes at 21 or 22 and I see a superstar. But that’s me. The only reason Hughes went to Slovakia was to improve. That’s it. If you know him and his family, they don’t care about draft status. They care about hard work, discipline, integrity. His grandfather was an FDNY chief and Marine. Incredible history of selfless service. All Hughes talks about are his teammates. That kid will never stop working to improve, which is scary to think."
  9. The below was pinned to his twitter account. Sorry MFitz, I'm bringing the Nerd Convention to NJDevs! https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Q-Pnzfvmo_1hDlWu7WqJHVyTZqy15386jVESKSOf0V4/edit#gid=0 ETA: here's his twitter account, in case you want to go back further: https://twitter.com/cane_matt?lang=en
  10. Some good stories in this article about Larry - not a whole lot about his time with the Devils but still worth a read: https://www.nhl.com/news/st-louis-getting-champions-perspective-from-larry-robinson-during-playoffs/c-307165304?tid=306220356 That's not to say the players and staff don't enjoy ribbing a man who's 15 years older than the coach. Robinson chuckles that forward Alexander Steen calls him "Larry the Legend." "He'll say, 'How many Cups did you win? Nine? Oh my God!'" he said with a laugh. "And David (Alexander) calls me 'Dad.' Hey, call me anything, but don't call me late for dinner."
  11. Must see TV, posting this just for your SterioDesign @ArmenKeteyian It’s official: @TheAthletic launches its video site next Wednesday with three pieces. Profiles of @ChristianYelich (The Outlier), @PKSubban1 (PK Inc) and a 3-part series on sports betting (Big Bets on High Tech). I’ll be your tour guide. Hope you’ll come along for the ride.
  12. Ok well don't read Dan Rosen's mailbag then... With rumors swirling around P.K. Subban, do you think a team like the New Jersey Devils would be a good fit? They are in need of a No. 1 defenseman and his contract would end in time for the Devils to give Jack Hughes, if selected, big money if needed once his entry-level contract ends. -- It's a no-brainer for the Devils to try to acquire Subban if they can make a trade work with the Nashville Predators. https://www.nhl.com/news/over-the-boards-mailbag-pittsburgh-trade-candidates-marners-next-contract/c-307127910
  13. Fav part: More than anything else, Stevens and Daneyko understand each other as they finish their second season together at the network. Daneyko calls Stevens a “coach at heart” — evidenced by his stints as an NHL assistant — but thinks he’s probably too intense to be a coach. Stevens lauds Daneyko’s broadcasting skills from years of experience as the Devils’ color analyst. “I paid him to say that,” Daneyko chirps.
  14. FWIW, Jack Hughes will become the first U.S. player to appear in the U18 World Championship, World Junior Championship and Men's World Championship in the same season. He's also the youngest to compete in the Men's Worlds, per Chris Peters ESPN.
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