Injured center Jack Hughes, who is scheduled to be the Devils’ lone representative at the NHL’s All-Star event in Toronto, might not play in the All-Star Game Feb. 3, a source tells New Jersey Hockey Now.
However, he still could participate in the skills competition a day earlier. Hughes also may continue to miss time following the All-Star festivities.
According to an NHL press release, “The 12 NHL All-Stars in the Skills competition each will compete in four of the first six events: the Fastenal NHL Fastest Skater, Rogers NHL Hardest Shot, Upper Deck NHL Stick Handling, Tim Hortons NHL One Timers, Scotiabank NHL Passing Challenge, and Cheetos NHL Accuracy Shooting.”
Neither the Devils nor the league have ruled Hughes out of the All-Star Game. He has been named a co-captain for Team Hughes with his brother, Quinn Hughes, and Grammy Award-winning artist Michael Bublé.
Hughes has been missing from New Jersey’s lineup for seven games, since being injured against Chicago Jan. 5.
Hughes has 15 goals and 30 assists in 32 games. Before being injured, he led New Jersey in points, although Jesper Bratt has since moved into the top spot with 47 points.
The Devils are 4-7-1 without Hughes this season.