Quinn Hughes Sees ‘Huge Variations’ in Brother Jack’s Draft Expertise

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VANCOUVER — Quinn Hughes wasn’t about to provide his youthful brother a lot recommendation heading into the NHL draft.

Certain, Hughes had been there earlier than, having been taken seventh general by the Vancouver Canucks final 12 months. However he knew his brother’s expertise was going to be markedly totally different.

Quinn Didn’t Supply A lot Recommendation

Hypothesis had been rife for months that Jack Hughes could be this 12 months’s No. 1 decide.

Jack Hughes, New Jersey Devils, 2019 NHL Draft (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers

“It’s not a giant distinction however it’s a huge distinction, the hype and every little thing like that,” Quinn mentioned final week earlier than the large occasion. “However I don’t suppose he’s wanted a lot assist or something like that.”

He didn’t.

Jack Hughes was first off the board on Friday evening, chosen by the New Jersey Devils. The brothers had, nonetheless, talked about the potential for ending up on the identical NHL group.

“Possibly down the street,” Jack mentioned. “Proper now we’re going to be wanting ahead to beating one another subsequent 12 months.”

Canucks basic supervisor Jim Benning mentioned Quinn Hughes did foyer to have Vancouver change picks and make a run at his brother.

“Yeah, I had conversations, however they didn’t final lengthy,” Benning mentioned.

Jack Hughes has drawn awe for his velocity and magnificence, however Quinn thinks there’s one thing else that units him aside.

“Clearly he’s very expert on the skating, hockey sense, arms, every little thing like that. However how aggressive he’s, I’ve all the time thought that’s the large distinction in him. He doesn’t care who he’s enjoying, he’s going to go at you,” Quinn mentioned.

Quinn Hughes poses for a photograph with group representatives after being chosen because the quantity seven general decide to the Vancouver Canucks within the first spherical of the 2018 NHL Draft. (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports activities)

“He’s so dialled in. I don’t know what regular youngsters do, however he’s dialled in, he’s figuring out within the morning, getting the best sleep and relaxation and meals and every little thing like that.”

Jack mentioned that drive and work ethic comes from his dad, Jim Hughes, who’s lengthy labored in teaching and participant improvement, together with for the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs.

“You’ve bought to provide issues, sacrifice issues to be the most effective. That’s what we’ve all the time completed and can proceed to do,” Jack mentioned.

Each Brothers Went By way of USNTDP

The Hughes brothers honed their work ethic within the U.S. Nationwide Workforce Growth Program, the place Jack tallied 34 objectives and 78 assists final season. He was one among eight gamers from this system taken within the first spherical of this 12 months’s draft.

Jack Hughes (AP Photograph/Petr David Josek, File)Quinn Hughes (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)This system gives an intensive setting for gamers who really wish to excel, Quinn mentioned.

Nevertheless it’s nothing just like the lifetime of a standard teen.

“After I was there at 15, we had been getting up at 7, preparing for college, going to the rink at 12, having research corridor for an hour, figuring out, skating, then we had this army man that may put us by way of some push ups. We wouldn’t be residence till like 7:30 (p.m.),” he mentioned.

“You’re like 15 years outdated and nobody else is doing that. And also you do this for 2 years and the entire sudden your sport takes off.”

The youngest Hughes brother, Luke, is about to hitch the event program this 12 months. His brothers have little doubt that he’ll quickly be following of their footsteps on the NHL draft.

“He’s going to be a hell of a participant. He’s huge, can skate, can suppose,” Jack mentioned. “He’s just about a clone of Quinn, two or three inches larger. It’s fairly thrilling.”

For now, although, there are two Hughes brothers linked to NHL franchises.

Quinn Hughes performed 5 video games with the Canucks final season after ending a powerful collegiate profession on the College of Michigan.

Jack Hughes is anticipated to hitch the Devils this fall.

Quinn vs. Jack

Already, the brothers are fascinated by enjoying one another subsequent season.

“It’s going to be greater stakes. It’s going to be actually particular,” Jack mentioned. “My mother goes to be actually nervous. However all my household will watch. My mates will watch. Will probably be a very particular sport. Will probably be one thing to look again on.”

Although Jack Hughes was solely drafted on Friday, discuss has already swirled concerning the pair competing for subsequent 12 months’s Calder Trophy, awarded yearly to the NHL’s high rookie.

There’s one individual, nonetheless, who isn’t able to entertain such ideas.

“Man, we’re a great distance from that,” Jack mentioned. “I haven’t performed a sport within the nationwide league. I’m not too labored up about that.” 

Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Canadian Press

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