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Luke
Hughes

Hughes is a high-end, puck-moving defenseman and brilliant when it comes to his offensive zone play in how he can create space by drawing defenders to open ice instead of making the first, impulsive play when pressure is presented. His edge work is high end and he boasts a long powerful stride when he gets…

Date of Birth
September 9, 2003
Position
Defense
Height
6'2"
Draft Year
2021
Place of Birth
Canton, MI  
Shoots
Left
Weight
182 lbs
Draft Result
1/4 (NJD)
DATE PLAYER NAME LEAGUE AUTHOR
Apr 22/21 Hughes Luke 21983 – USA U18 vs. Green Bay USHL by Derek Neumeier View Report
Jan 28/21 Hughes Luke 21648 – USA U18 vs. Chicago USHL by Derek Neumeier View Report
Jan 28/21 Hughes Luke 21644 – Muskegon vs. USA U18 USHL by Justin Froese View Report
Jan 27/21 Hughes Luke 21637 – USA U18 vs. Muskegon USHL by Dylan Galloway View Report
Dec 16/20 Hughes Luke 21454 – USA U18 vs. Air Force NTDP by Josh Bell View Report
Nov 4/20 Hughes Luke 21243 – Des Moines vs. USA U18 USHL by Ray Napientek View Report
Nov 2/20 Hughes Luke 21218 – USA U18 vs. Muskegon USHL by Dylan Galloway View Report
Nov 2/20 Hughes Luke 21200 – USA U18 vs. Muskegon USHL by Joseph Aleong View Report
Oct 27/20 Hughes Luke 21177 – USA U18 vs. Austin USHL by Brandon Holmes View Report

Career Stats

Season Team League GP G A TP PPG +/- PIM
2021-2022 Univ. of Michigan ncaa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020-2021 USNTDP Juniors ushl 10 4 9 13 1.3 4 6
2019-2020 USNTDP Juniors ushl 28 4 9 13 0.46 -14 6
July 25, 2021
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July 25, 2021
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July 24, 2021
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July 23, 2021
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July 23, 2021
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July 23, 2021
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July 23, 2021
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July 22, 2021
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July 22, 2021
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July 22, 2021
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July 22, 2021
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July 21, 2021
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July 20, 2021
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July 17, 2021
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July 8, 2021
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July 7, 2021
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July 5, 2021
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June 3, 2021
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May 9, 2021
2021 NHL Mock Draft – Neumeier edition
April 25, 2021
World U18s: Notable absences
April 23, 2021
Hughes tops FCHockey’s Spring ranking for 2021 draft
April 23, 2021
FC releases Spring ranking for 2021 NHL Draft
April 10, 2021
VERSUS: Brandt Clarke & Luke Hughes
April 3, 2021
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March 30, 2021
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March 18, 2021
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March 3, 2021
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February 13, 2021
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February 12, 2021
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February 10, 2021
Hughes tops FCHockey’s Winter ranking for 2021 Draft
February 10, 2021
FCHockey releases Winter Ranking for 2021 NHL Draft
February 3, 2021
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January 27, 2021
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January 21, 2021
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December 30, 2020
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December 4, 2020
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November 25, 2020
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November 25, 2020
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November 9, 2020
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November 5, 2020
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Hughes is a high-end, puck-moving defenseman and brilliant when it comes to his offensive zone play in how he can create space by drawing defenders to open ice instead of making the first, impulsive play when pressure is presented. His edge work is high end and he boasts a long powerful stride when he gets to speed. For a player of his build, he is effective in gaining speed and maneuvering at this top speed. He sometimes creates too much upper-body motion due to pitchforking his stick but he’s much smoother and more powerful stride when he drops his stick. He shows presence of mind to get off the wall and in between the dots where he can come down the funnel to provide a second wave threat offensively, instead of just flinging low-percentage point shots. He’s got a fairly effective shot and even though his top hand could be out a little bit more to create a better lever, he’s got the heads up approach to pick an effective spot whether it be to pick a corner or to generate a rebound. He’s a creative playmaker, demonstrating crisp tape-to-tape passes or impressive behind-the-back passes. He can set up a give-and-go or makes a long, stretch pass to open up the ice. A key component to his game is shoulder checks. He is always surveying the lay of the land which is a crucial component when going back to retrieve pucks and making a play under pressure. He’s got deceptive tactics with soft hands and quick feet that allow him to create uncertainty of opponents when he’s pressured and allows him to escape. He can get caught on the wrong side of pucks when pinches up ice but he has the fortitude in his skating to slice off inside skating lanes and angle opponents off to the wall and shows an effectiveness with controlling gaps in transition. His impulses would be better served with a little more assertiveness, as he can get caught puck watching and not impose his will to block lanes. In the defensive zone, Hughes does a satisfactory job of covering his zone but definitely gets puck focused and can collapse far too often on the puck, leaving opponents open in space and making them a pass option. Through the 2020-21 season, Hughes was one of the most improved players eligible for the 2021 NHL Draft, raising his draft stock with every game played. Despite a season-ending lacerated tendon from a skate, the prospect has solidified himself as a top player in this class.

– FCHockey’s 2021 NHL Draft Guide