The 2019-2020 New Jersey Devils season has been one of the most disappointing seasons in recent memory. After having such a great offseason, it seemed the Devils were making a push to be a good team again. When the season finally arrived, fans had no idea how awful the team was about to be. Despite all this, the Devils put out great moments, showing this team can do good in bad seasons like these. Here are my five best 2019-20 Devils moments. Now we look at the game, which was essential to Jack Hughes‘ family.
The Hughes Brothers
Before Jack Hughes got drafted in the 2019 NHL Draft, his brother Quinn Hughes got drafted by the Vancouver Canucks 6th overall back in the 2018 NHL Draft. While Quinn only got three assists in his first NHL season, the 2019-2020 season showed how essential Quinn could be. On October 9th, 2019, Quinn scored his first goal against the Los Angeles Kings.
When Quinn’s brother Jack Hughes was taken first overall by the New Jersey Devils back in the 2019 NHL Draft, fans were excited to see what he had to show for his first season. However, despite all the shots he has had in his first seven games, Jack could not get his first NHL goal. Then on October 19th, 2019, the game that the Hughes family waited for finally came.
Ain’t It Cool Hughes
Four minutes into the game, the Canucks almost took an early lead. When in a scramble in front of MacKenzie Blackwood, Jay Beagle try poking the puck twice to get it past Blackwood. Tyler Motte then was able to put the puck into the net, but because the whistle blew, no goal was award to the Canucks. Despite chances from both teams, both Blackwood and Thatcher Demko kept the teams from scoring any goals. With under 7 minutes left, Tyler Meyers took a holding penalty after he held John Hayden.
When the Devils powerplay started, despite multiple chances from Wayne Simmonds, Demko kept them from scoring any goals. With 55 seconds left on the powerplay, Jack Hughes buries a pass from Taylor Hall to get his first NHL goal. As Jack Hughes celebrated with his teammates, his mother and father watched from stands ecstatic, while his brother looked on from the Canucks bench. Thankfully for Hughes and the Devils, that would be the only goal in the game as the Devils won the game 1-0, earning Blackwood a shutout. Quinn, however, didn’t do anything special besides take a holding penalty. But I’m sure he was proud of his little brother for scoring his first NHL goal.
The future for both Jack Hughes and Quinn Hughes is looking great. Quinn Hughes has 45 assists this season, which tied for the most on the Canucks along with J.T. Miller. Quinn also has 53 points, which is 4th on the team along with Bo Horvat. I think the Canucks have found their future star. Jack Hughes, on the other hand, has seven goals and 14 assists. While Jack’s stats aren’t in the top 10 for the Devils, I believe he will become a better Devils player. Once Jack finds his strengths and weakness after this season, he will most likely improve his stats. Ellen and Jim Hughes are going to be more proud of their sons in the future.
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