Five For Luke Hughes
As most draft-eligible prospects would tell you, the 2020-21 season has been anything but normal.
Back on August 6, USA hockey released a statement sanctioning a 2020-21 season. This meant for Luke Hughes, beyond the implementation of COVID protocols, his draft year would be relatively normal in comparison to his peers in Canada and Europe.
“Anything can happen at any time,” Hughes said. “The season’s been going really well for us as a team, I think. We’re just really lucky to play.”
Ranked fifth overall in FCHockey’s preliminary rankings, Hughes is a member of the USNTDP and has been a leader on the team, collecting a combined 33 points (nine goals, 24 assists) in 28 games in the USHL and the USDP.
FCHockey recently caught up with the skilled defender.
FCHockey: Is there one aspect of your game you feel you still need to improve on a little bit
Luke Hughes: I think I need to improve on everything. Going into the next level at college and hopefully into the National Hockey League, I think I need to improve on every aspect of my game and keep getting better.
FC: Has there been anyone in particular who you think helped you get to this point in your hockey career?
LH: Yeah, both my brothers. They brought me into this game, and then my parents. I just wanted to do whatever they did when I was little. So, they’re a huge support system that I have.
FC: If you had to give a scouting report on your game, what would you say?
LH: I would say: Can defend the rush, great skater, is very patient with the puck, makes the right decisions, can attack, joins the play, joins the rush, can run a power play, and can play on PK.
FC: Who was your favorite NHL player growing up?
LH: Growing up, probably Sidney Crosby or Patrick Kane.
FC: If you had to compare yourself to a current NHLer, who would that be and why?
LH: Right now, because I’m playing on the right side, I like to watch Shea Theodore because he’s a lefty playing on the right side too. So, I like to watch him and some of the stuff that he does on the blue line, and how he shakes defenders and stuff like that. And then I also like to watch Miro Heiskanen because he’s also kind of a big guy, and just the way skates and how uses his size to his advantage. So those are two guys I watch and like to compare myself to. Obviously, I watched my brother (Quinn) too, watch everything that he does.