We don’t know what Jim and Ellen Hughes gave their three sons when they were young, but we doubt it was all 3.25% fat milk! After Jack and Quinn, now Hughes family youngest Luke may be one of the first picks of his draft year.
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Luke, a defenseman like his brother Quinn, plays with the US National Development Program’s under-18 team. Some see him as an improved version of his brother – which is saying a lot – while others go so far as to say he is the best of the three.
“I think my style is obviously more akin to Quinn’s since we’re both defenders,” Luke said in an interview with Newspaper. I do think, however, that I am able to use my physique to my advantage more than he does. One thing is certain though, I think we all see the game the same way. “
Luke actually has the best physique of the three brothers, at 6’2 “and 176 lbs, compared to 5’10” and 170 lbs for Quinn and Jack.
FINALLY UNDER ITS WING
His coach with the US National Development Program, Dan Muse, smiles when asked how he feels leading one of the three Hughes brothers. He knows very well why he is being asked this question.
Before heading to the program, Muse spent two seasons as head coach of the Chicago Steel in the USHL and therefore faced the United States Under-18 team on several occasions. Quinn, the older brother of the family.
He later got promoted by being named assistant to Peter Laviolette with the Nashville Predators, where he spent three seasons, the last of which he once again faced Quinn, now a Vancouver Canucks color bearer. , but also Jack with the New Jersey Devils.
“I’m glad to have Luke with my team. I vividly remember Quinn leading the national program power play when I was with the Chicago Steel. He hurt us several times. ”
For Muse, even though they share the same last name, the three brothers are all very different.
“They are all very talented players. Luke, on the other hand, has the advantage of his physique. He moves very well on the ice, is a fluid skater, and is effective in tight spaces. One of the things that impress me the most about him is the way he manages to move along the opponent’s blue line. He manages to create a lot of scoring chances that way. ”
THE CONTRIBUTION OF THE BROTHERS
Each year, draft-eligible players mention how much they’ve learned from teammates or family members who’ve been there. In the case of Luke Hughes, it’s a little different. Yes, his two brothers lived their draft year before him, but theirs does not compare to the context in which he lives his own.
“It’s a funny year. Right now, I’m focused on being the best version of myself every day because you never know when it might be our last game. Obviously, these are different circumstances from my brothers’ draft years. However, I got to see how they handled the pressure and the expectations, and they did it well. I can learn from that. ”
U.S. National Under-18 Program
Left-handed defender | 6 ft 2 in | 174 lbs
Statistics this season : 13 games, 2 goals, 5 assists, 7 points