Sad news:  New Jersey Devils rejected Jack Hughes and suspended him for violating…

Sad news:  New Jersey Devils rejected Jack Hughes and suspended him for violating…



Can Jack Hughes finally reach his ceiling with the New Jersey Devils in 2024–2025?
Jack Hughes has become a superstar after demonstrating remarkable growth and development over the course of five NHL seasons. Injuries kept him from playing to his full ability in 2023–2024. Perhaps he will reach the pinnacle of his game in 2024–25.



Jack Hughes is already a superstar, and he hasn’t even reached his prime years yet. 2024-25 will be Hughes’ age 23 season, his sixth year in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils. Following a breakout year in 2022-23, an injured shoulder prevented him from reaching his ceiling in 2023–24. If Hughes can stay healthy, 2024-25 could be the year he unlocks a new gear and breaks 100 points in a regular season.

In his first two NHL seasons, Hughes didn’t sparkle, but he exuded the potential to become the Jack Hughes we now know. In 2019-20, he tallied 21 points in 61 games. In 2020-21, he reached 31 points in 56 games. In 2021-22, he had 56 points in 49 games. Then Hughes had a 99-point season in 78 games in 2022-23. His point totals have increased each year except for this past season.

Over the years, Hughes has exhibited steady development. He has gained more strength, created more chances, showed off his skating speed, and improved his two-way play. He shows his value all over the ice. His crafty shooting and passing are crucial assets. When he’s in superstar mode, Hughes is vital to the Devils’ power play. He tallied 31 points on the power play in each of the last two seasons.

Unfortunately, Hughes has had bad luck in playing a full slate of 82 games. In five seasons, he’s only played more than 70 games once. His first NHL season in 2019-20 was cut short by the pandemic. He played 61 of 69 games. He played in all 56 games in 2020-21, the second COVID-shortened season. His injuries held him to 49 games in 2021-22 and 62 games in 2023-24. His closest year to a full season was 78 games in 2022-23. Despite the shortened seasons and injury issues, Hughes has continued to grow.

Hughes was poised to have a big year in 2023-24, but a nagging shoulder injury plagued his season. His shoulder has been an issue before. Hughes missed 20 games but played through a good chunk of the season clearly still injured in an effort to help keep the Devils in the playoff hunt. His average ice time increased by a full minute from 2022-23 to 2023-24, showing the Devils’ reliance on Hughes.


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