Devils Managing Partner Josh Harris took to the stage on Tuesday morning to help introduce Jack Hughes to the staff and media inside the Prudential Center.
As he spoke, Harris was sure to communicate the importance of the past weekend. The Devils organization added not only Hughes with the first-overall pick, but 10 other prospects and one of the best defenders in the league, P.K. Subban, via trade.
"Exciting day and exciting weekend for the Devils," Harris said. "Transformational. We've spoken a lot about all the great things going on off the ice with Coach [John] Hynes and Ray [Shero], and [our] scouting [staff]…but really, it's players and elite talent that wins cups on the ice."
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Harris welcomed the Hughes family to New Jersey and then continued with his assessment of what has been a momentous weekend.
"Jack joining this franchise represents a turning point in our goal of being elite," he said. "We've said that we are not here to do anything other than consistently compete for and ultimately win the Stanley Cup…. We've put a lot of building blocks in place…. With Jack, P.K., Nico [Hischier], and our young core, its incredibly exciting to be a part of the Devils family, to be a fan.
"To see about 9,000 people screaming and going crazy [at the draft watch party]… It's a testament to how much they care, how much New Jersey cares. Devils fans are used to winning Stanley Cups, and we've all got to live up to it… We have a lot of confidence that you [Jack] are going to help us get it done."