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Hughes will have the chance to face Finland's Kaapo Kakko in the tournament

by Sara Giles @saratgiles /

Top-ranked prospect Jack Hughes will join the United States National Team in Slovakia for the 2019 IIHF World Championship tournament this May. 

Hughes is coming off a record-breaking run at the U18 World Championships, tallying 32 points in the tournament with 14 goals and 18 assists, giving him the career scoring record for U18 games.

Tweet from @NJDevils: ���With three points, Jack Hughes set the record for points all-time at the U-18 tournament with 32, topping Alex Ovechkin.��� is this good?

Alex Ovechkin had the previous record of 31 points in 14 games for Russia at the 2002 and 2003 tournaments.

The tournament gives Hughes the chance to play alongside his older brother, Quinn Hughes, and a chance to go head-to-head with Finland's Kaapo Kakko, who is projected to go in the top two picks in this year's draft. Team USA will take on Finland on May 13. 

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Devils head coach John Hynes will serve as an assistant coach under head coach Jeff Blashill, while Devils GM Ray Shero will be a part of the team's management advisory group. 

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