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Devils fans turn up for huge Hughes NHL Draft watch party

Big cheers for top pick outside team's home arena on Friday

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / Staff Writer

The New Jersey Devils had a huge watch party on Friday night.

Rather, they had a Hughes watch party.

Fans turned up in droves to watch their team select American forward Jack Hughes with the first pick of the 2019 NHL Draft.

The scene outside Prudential Center was something to see after Hughes' name was called.

Tweet from @NJDevils: And the crowd goes wild in Newark!

Things were pretty crowded long before the Devils picked their new franchise forward.

Tweet from @NJDevils: Meanwhile back in Newark... 😈

Hughes was long expected to be the first pick according to's Mock Drafts, but there was some light debate among fans about Finnish forward Kaapo Kakko, who went second to the New York Rangers.

One fan, as the Devils pointed out on Twitter after the pick was made, was really excited for the team to take Hughes. If the Devils were going to pick a different player, it wouldn't be for lack of reminders via social media. Take a look at this:

Tweet from @NJDevils: Shoutout to @P_Rut5 for DMing us nearly every day since the Draft Lottery to draft Jack Hughes.

Hughes, for his part, was pretty pumped up as well.

Tweet from @NJDevils: Jack���s ready to get goin! 👊

Hey, sometimes you just have to give the fans what they want.



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