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The New Jersey Devils selected the offensively dynamic American center with their first pick in the 2019 NHL Draft

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VANCOUVER, BC - The New Jersey Devils have used the first-overall selection in the 2019 NHL Draft to take Jack Hughes from the U.S. National Team Development Program.

Hughes, 18, is a 5-foot-10, 171-pound center who was born in Orlando, Fla. NHL Central Scouting listed him as their top North American Skater in both their midterm and final rankings.

Video: Devils draft F Jack Hughes No. 1

Hughes is coming off a stellar season for the USA U-18 squad. He scored 34 goals and added 78 assists for 112 points in 50 games. He captained the Americans at the U-18 World Junior Championship, scoring nine goals and adding 11 assists in seven games.

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