The New Jersey Devils selected Jack Hughes first overall at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. There was speculation as to whether or not the crafty forward would work out at the NHL level due to the nature of his size. However, Hughes has since proven the doubters wrong as he’s coming off a career 99-point season in which he netted 43 goals and 56 assists. According to one outlet, the next Jack Hughes is playing in the NCAA in the upcoming season and will be available for the taking in the 2024 NHL Draft. Plus, No.37 is going to the rafters in Boston, the Florida Panthers celebrate 30 years, and should Owen Tippett be untouchable?
Let’s get to some news.
New Jersey Devils
ESPN: We’re already looking ahead to the 2024 NHL Draft. According to Greg Wyshynski of ESPN, the “next Jack Hughes” could be selected next summer.
National Hockey Now
Boston Hockey Now: Well, that didn’t take very long. Just a few days following Patrice Bergeron’s retirement, Bruins President Cam Neely confirmed that Boston will be sending No.37 to the rafters.
Florida Hockey Now: On Wednesday, the Panthers unveiled their 30th-anniversary logo that will coincide with an anniversary uniform Florida will wear in 2023-24 as they celebrate 30 years of hockey in South Florida.
San Jose Sharks
San Jose Hockey Now: The Sharks face a harsh, but very realistic reality regarding the possible trade of Erik Karlsson. Despite the Norris Trophy winner holding plenty of value on the ice, San Jose just might not get much for him in return.
Philly Hockey Now: The Flyers might not have anyone off the table via trade as their rebuild is underway. However, if anyone should remain in Philadelphia, it should be Owen Tippett.
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