We know two things for certain about the injury to Jack Hughes.
First, we know it’s an upper-body injury and second, we know he’s been labeled out with said injury week-to-week.
However, we don’t get much detail as to specific injuries in today’s NHL anymore. Part of that is the player wanting privacy in their situation and is protecting the players from further harm once they return as a result of targeting.
On Monday morning’s 32 Thoughts Podcast, Elliotte Friedman, in fact, divulged what he’s heard about what Hughes’ injury is.
“The sense I really get is it’s one of those injuries, I think it’s the shoulder, I don’t know that for sure but I think it is,” Friedman explained to Jeff Marek.
“The one thing I did hear is it wasn’t as bad as they thought. I think they were really worried when he initially got hurt that this was going to be months. I don’t believe they feel that’s the case anymore. That’s why they’re fortunate, they avoided the worst-case scenario. It’s just not good for anybody, but he is going to miss a little bit of time and we’ll just see how his body responds.”
Ryan Novozinsky of NJ.com confirmed the report.
The good news is it’s not a concussion. Those injuries can be unpredictable and potentially more crucial. The bad news is it’s potentially his shoulder, again. Hughes was suspected to have injured his shoulder in the 2023 playoff series against the Carolina Hurricanes. He played in Game 5, but if there was a Game 6, Hughes doesn’t believe he would have been able to play.
The best news is that it sounds like the Devils have a sense of when Hughes can return. Fortunately for the New Jersey and their franchise star, this could have gone a lot worse.