Today we begin a new initiative here at newjerseydevils.com with the launch of a weekly podcast. Every Monday between now and Devils Development Camp in mid-July, host Matt Loughlin will have special guests starting with our Road to the Draft series. Devils head coach John Hynes met with Matt and special guest Amanda Stein to talk about a number of topics, including his thoughts on the Jack Hughes versus Kaapo Kakko debate.
"In the Under 18s, Jack Hughes was exceptional. His commitment to the team and the way he played was really encouraging," Hynes began. "Both of these guys are exciting. It's kind of unique that we have the number one pick and we can make that choice.
"Kakko is a well-rounded player. He brings offense and is a point-producing goal scorer. Finland's in our bracket (at the IIHF Men's World Championship) so I'll have an opportunity to see him and coach against him."
Video: PODCAST | Coach Hynes on Hughes vs. Kakko
Hynes was also asked about Hughes joining Team USA and how that will literally pit the two against one another when USA meets Finland at the tournament.
"To see those guys play head-to-head in the same tournament against men, I don't think you can ask for a better evaluation setting."