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Turcotte talks about how Hughes has handled the pressure and what makes him a special player

by Marc Ciampa /

BUFFALO, NY - One of the prospects who came out to meet the media on Friday at the NHL Scouting Combine was Alex Turcotte, who is expected to be drafted in the top five of June's draft. Turcotte also played with Jack Hughes on the U.S. National Team Development Program and was asked about his teammate. 

"He's obviously really talented but I think his work ethic is the best on the team. He's unbelievable. He wants to be the best player in the draft and I'm sure he wants to be the best player in the world one day and that doesn't come without his determination and work ethic. It's definitely been a treat to be a part of it," said Turcotte, adding that Hughes has handled the pressure of being a top-ranked pick really well. 

Video: RAW | Alex Turcotte on Jack Hughes

"Being 17 and 18 year olds it's not easy. It's definitely not normal at this age but he's done great with it. He's having fun with it. We're all really honored to be in this situation."

Turcotte was asked about Hughes on the ice and he had high praise for the center. 

What stands out with his game is he's so creative with the puck. He's unbelievable with those no-look passes and has great hands. He's super creative. His personality is really fun. He's a really goofy kid who's always fun to be around and always making you laugh.

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