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Prospects in the Post-Season: Round 3 Update

Smith, Hoelscher and Chainey are all currently battling in Round 3 of their series

by Caela McLoughlin / newjerseydevils.com

The third round of the playoffs kicked off this past weekend for all three Devils prospects still in a post-season run. Ty Smith, Mitchell Hoelscher, and Jocktan Chainey have all earned points so far in Round 3 and are looking to help their teams advance to their respective League Championship games.

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BLOG: Hughes hat trick propels USA to semis

Top-ranked Jack Hughes nets three goals and one assist as USA clobbers Finland 6-0 in the U-18 quarterfinals

by Marc Ciampa / newjerseydevils.com

Top-ranked North American skater Jack Hughes netted a hat trick, an assist and was +3 with six shots on goal to lead Team USA to a 6-0 win over Finland at the World U-18 Championship, advancing to the tournament semifinals. 

Hughes registered a natural hat trick, scoring USA's second, third and fourth goals of the game. He also assisted on Cole Caufield's goal in the third period which made it 5-0 for the Americans. 

Hughes now leads the tournament with 16 points and holds the record for points in the World U-18 tournament among Americans with 28 (he had 12 last year). He's three points back of Alex Ovechkin's record of 31 points for the tournament's all-time record. 

Next up for USA is a semi-final game against Russia starting at 9:30 a.m. ET on Saturday. 

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PROSPECT REPORT: Mitchell Hoelscher

Hoelscher Contributing as Ottawa 67's OHL Playoff Run Continues

by Amanda Stein / newjerseydevils.com

There is a case to be made that New Jersey Devils prospect Mitch Hoelscher has been the Ottawa 67's best player in the 2019 OHL playoffs.

That is according to his coach, Andre Tourigny. 

Tourigny has been Hoelscher's coach for the last two seasons and has watched the 19-year-old develop into a key contributor for the CHL franchise. 

Hoelscher and the 67's are currently in the midst of their playoff series with the Oshawa Generals, a team they boast a 5-1-2 record against in the OHL regular season. 

The 67's currently have the Generals on the brink of elimination, with a 3-0 series lead. Tonight, the two teams meet again for Game 4. In Game 3, Hoelscher had a pair of assists and has points in all 11 playoff games this season for Ottawa. The 67's swept their first two series and will go for a third consecutive sweep on Wednesday.

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WORLDS: Hynes looking for growth experience at 2019 Worlds

Devils head coach John Hynes working with USA as an Assistant for the 2019 IIHF Worlds

by Amanda Stein / newjerseydevils.com

Of course, New Jersey Devils head coach John Hynes would love to be coaching in the NHL playoffs right now. The chance at coaching in meaningful games beyond the NHL regular season is every coach and team's goal when the puck drops on a new NHL season. 

He knows what it takes to get to those meaningful games beyond the 82 regular season ones. 

Just one year ago, he coached the Devils to their first playoff appearance since the 2011-12 season. It marked Hynes' first ever taste of the NHL post-season after he coached the Devils from an eighth place finish the year before, into the post-season for the first time in six years, his third year as the Devils head coach. 

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BLOG: Hughes nets two assists as USA rolls over Latvia 7-1

Hughes continues to rank second in tournament scoring with 12 points in four games

by Marc Ciampa / newjerseydevils.com

Jack Hughes continued to show why he's the top-ranked North American skater for the 2019 NHL Draft with a two assist performance in helping Team USA to a 7-1 win over Latvia, clinching top spot heading into the Quarterfinals. 

The two assists by Hughes came on a goal by defenceman Cam York midway through the second period and then another by Cole Caufield four minutes later. Hughes has five goals and 12 points in the tournament, second only to Caufield who has 11 goals and 13 points. 

Next up for USA is the quarterfinals on Thursday where they are expected to meet Finland. Game time is still to be determined. 

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WORLDS: Hischier set to represent home nation at Worlds

On Sunday, Hischier was one of 25 players named to Switzerland's pre-tournament competition camp for the IIHF World Hockey Championship

by Amanda Stein / newjerseydevils.com

If Nico Hischier isn't going to be chasing the Stanley Cup, he wants to be with his Swiss national team chasing a gold medal at the IIHF World Championship in Slovakia. 

On April 21, 2019 the Devils forward was announced as a member of the Swiss men's national team that will compete in pre-tournament play in Geneva later this week. 

Video: RAW | Nico Hischier to play in World Championships

"Obviously, I would rather be playing [in New Jersey] and be competing for the Stanley Cup," Hischier said. "But this year we didn't make the playoffs, so this opportunity is really good as well. My season isn't done yet, I get to play more hockey before going into the summer.

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BLOG: Hughes has two points as USA tops Russia

Top-ranked draft prospect Jack Hughes has a goal and an assist in USA's 6-3 in over Russia

by Marc Ciampa / newjerseydevils.com

Top-ranked North American skater Jack Hughes had another strong outing as Team USA improved to 3-0 in the tournament with a 6-3 win over Russia on Sunday. 

Russia opened with a 2-0 lead before Hughes scored midway through the opening frame to make it 2-1. Alex Turcotte then tied it for the Americans with just over five minutes to go in the first. 

USA added two more in the second with Hughes assisting on a Cole Caulfield marker with 28 seconds to play in the middle frame to make it 4-2. 

Russia narrowed the gap to 4-3 12 minutes into the third but USA regained its two-goal advantage 21 seconds later and added an empty netter with three seconds left. 

Hughes had five shots on goal and was +1 in addition to his goal and assist. He now has 10 points (5 G, 5 A) in three games to rank second in tournament scoring. 

Next up for USA is Latvia on Tuesday, 9:30 AM ET. 

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BLOG: Hischier named to Swiss Worlds camp

Hischier representing Switzerland for the first time at the IIHF World Championship

by Marc Ciampa / newjerseydevils.com

Devils forward Nico Hischier has been named as one of the 25 skaters to Swizterland's pre-competition camp for the 2019 IIHF World Championship set to take place in Slovakia from May 10 through 24. 

Hischier has represented Switzerland on the international stage numerous times, twice at the World Junior Hockey Championship, three times at the World Under-18s, twice at the Hlinka Cup and once at the World Under-17s. 

Check back shortly as we will have a written feature, speaking to Hischier about his opportunity to play in the tournament. 

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BLOG: Jack Hughes puts up monster seven-point game

Hughes puts up four goals and three assists for seven points in USA's 12-5 win.

by Marc Ciampa / newjerseydevils.com

Top-ranked North American skater Jack Hughes had an unbelievable performance in USA's second game of the tournament with four goals and three assists for seven points as the Americans routed Slovakia 12-5 at the World Under-18 Championship in Sweden on Friday. He also had nine shots on goal. 

Cole Caufield, who had four goals and six points playing alongside Hughes, talked about playing with the top-ranked player. 

"Playing with him (Hughes) makes things a lot easier," he said. "I think we read off each other pretty well, and things have been going pretty well so far in the tournament." 

Hughes broke the single-game record of seven points in one game at this tournament. He also tied the record for most points in a period with five. Caufield and Hughes tied the record for most goals in a game with four, a record shared by Marian Gaborik and Alex Ovechkin. 

His first goal came early in the second period to give USA a 4-1 lead. Hughes then scored 1:55 into the final frame which made it 6-2 USA and then another just past the midway point and his fourth of the game with just over four minutes to play. 

Next up for USA is Russia on Sunday, 9:30 a.m. ET. 

Video: DRAFT | jack Hughes on playing in New Jersey

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BLOG: Bratt excited to join Sweden's World Championship squad

The 20-year-old Devils forward will be representing Sweden at the tournament for the first time

by Marc Ciampa / newjerseydevils.com

Team Sweden today named the first 13 players for its 2019 IIHF World Championship squad and Devils forward Jesper Bratt made the cut. 

Bratt was grinning from ear to ear when he spoke to newjerseydevils.com about 

"It's awesome. It's going to be a lot of fun," said Bratt. "I've never played in a World Championship before so it's going to be awesome to come back to play with the team and play for my country."

Video: RAW | Jesper Bratt to play in World Championships

While in North America, the Stanley Cup is the ultimate prize, in Europe the World Championship is what the market pays the most attention to every year. 

"Ever since when you were a kid growing up, you always watched the World Championship. I know how big of a deal this tournament is for the fans back in Sweden."

Tweet from @reporterchris: Sweden announces its first batch of commitments to the IIHF World Hockey Championship: pic.twitter.com/PHU4T24A1U

Bratt was injured at the beginning of March in a game against Columbus and didn't play again the rest of the season. It put his ability to play in the Worlds in question but he said he's now ready to go. 

"Maybe in the beginning when it happened," Bratt said when asked if he thought the injury might keep him out of the annual tournament. "I didn't know how long the recovery time was going to be but I felt pretty quickly that I was going to be able to come back. I felt fresh and I'm really excited to get a second chance here."

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