The New Jersey Devils earned a huge victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night. They had a lot of good performances but the Hughes brothers really came to play for them. They were as important in the win as anyone else on the roster.
Jack Hughes had one goal. That was his 18th point of the season (in seven games) which leads the NHL in scoring. He has truly had a remarkable start to the year. As of right now, Jack has himself in the conversation for the best player in the league.
As for his younger brother Luke, he actually had more points in this one game. Luke Hughes had two assists in the win for New Jersey. He still has a lot of work to do in the defensive zone but his offensive game is really coming along.
Over in British Columbia, their brother Quinn Hughes and the Vancouver Canucks picked up a big 5-0 win over the St. Louis Blues. Yes, the eldest Hughes brother had a huge night. He scored two goals in the victory for the Canucks. At this point, he is one of the best defensemen in the NHL.
The Hughes brothers were all absolutely unreal on Friday night.
So the Hughes brothers combined for five points and a 2-0 record on Friday night. That is really cool for all of them as they are each a superstar in the making.
Quinn, the aforementioned oldest brother, was the seventh overall pick by the Canucks in 2018. A year later in 2019, brother Jack was the first overall pick by the Devils. Two years after that in 2021, the Devils struck gold and selected Luke with the fourth overall pick.
Yes, their parents had three top-ten NHL draft picks and they are all living up to the hype in the early going. Obviously, each team wants to win as a result of these draft picks and they are working on that. New Jersey is much closer than Vancouver but the latter can win some games too.
Team USA would love to have all three of these studs on their roster when the time comes. Between them, Auston Matthews, Jack Eichel, and the Tkachuk brothers amongst others, this hockey country could take a big step.
Jack and Luke can be seen again on Sunday when they take on the Minnesota Wild. As for Quinn, he gets the second half of a back-to-back on Saturday night when his Canucks take on the New York Rangers. Hopefully, all three of them keep it up because it is so cool to watch.