The New Jersey Devils signed center today Jack hughes to an eight-year contract extension with an average annual value of $ 8,000,000 (total value of $ 64,000,000). Hughes is said to have become a restricted free agent at the end of the 2021-22 season. The contract starts in 2022-23 and the breakdown is as follows: 2022-23: $ 9,000,000, 2023-24: $ 8,500,000, 2024-25: $ 8,500,000, 2025-26: $ 8,500,000, 2026-27: $ 8,000,000, 2027-28: $ 7,500,000, 2028-29: $ 7,000,000 & 2029-30: $ 7,000,000. The announcement was made by the Executive Vice President / General Manager of Devils Tom fitzgerald.
“I am so excited to sign this agreement for myself and for my family,” said Hughes. “I love being in New Jersey and I love playing in New Jersey. I wouldn’t want to play anywhere else, and we’re really building something special. I believe in what we’re doing here, and we’ve got a great lucky to be successful for a long time. This contract shows that this team is extremely invested in me and that I am also very dedicated to this organization. I want to thank Tom Fitzgerald, David Blitzer, Josh Harris and all the members of the New Devils Jersey for this opportunity. “
“I am thrilled for Jack and his whole family,” said Devils managing partner David Blitzer. “It’s a strong commitment from Jack to the future of the organization and the New Jersey Devils to Jack. We all know what Jack means to the team on and off the ice. He’s an incredible player and a fantastic person. His future is incredibly bright and he will be a mainstay of our franchise for years to come. “
“This deal is fantastic for both Jack and the New Jersey Devils,” said Josh Harris, co-general manager of the Devils. “I know our fans are excited about our young core as they grow together and seek to achieve tremendous levels of success. I want to thank Tom Fitzgerald for his work in securing this deal, as he continues to take ‘excellent decisions for this organization which prepares us for the future. “
“Today is a big day for the New Jersey Devils,” said Fitzgerald. “This contract shows the commitment that Jack and his family have made to us, and how the organization – myself, David Blitzer and Josh Harris – are in turn committed to them. We are building something unique here. and special, Jack being a centerpiece This is just the beginning of where we think we can go with this organization as we work towards lasting success for years to come. “
Hughes, 20, will return to the lineup tonight after missing the last 17 games with a dislocated left shoulder suffered Oct. 19 against Seattle. The left-handed shooter currently has two goals and one assist in two games this year. Hughes is in his third NHL season after New Jersey drafted him first in the 2019 NHL Draft. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound. center was the team’s second overall selection in team history, following the New Jersey draft Nico Hischier N ° 1 in the general classification in 2017.
In his first two seasons, as well as the two games played this year, he has totaled 55 points (20g-35a) in 119 career games. Hughes had 31 of those points in 56 games played in 2020-21, where he scored 11 goals and had 20 assists. He finished tied for second in the League for take-out with 56, he was tied for first among centers (L. Draisaitl) and finished first in center for take-out by 60 minutes (3 , 14). Hughes was second for the Devils in points last season and led the club with 142 shots on goal while leading all forwards with 19:04 ATOI. Additionally, he was the only forward and one of only two New Jersey skaters (D. Severson) to have dressed in all 56 team games in 2020-21. Last season he became the 10e teenager in franchise history to earn at least 35 career points before turning 20.
Hughes has represented the United States twice at the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) U18 World Junior Championships – 2018 and 2019. The forward was named captain of the United States team in 2019, won a silver medal and was named tournament MVP after registering 20 points (9g-11a) in seven games played. During the tournament, he passed Alexander Ovechkin for the most career points at the IIHF World Men’s Under-18 Championship, registering 32 points (14g-18a) in 14 games. In addition, he played four games for Team USA at the 2019 U-20 World Championship and collected four assists. Hughes also appeared in the 2019 World Championship in Slovakia, registering three assists in seven games and became the youngest player to play for USA Hockey at the Senior World Championship.
Born May 14, 2001 in Orlando, Florida, Hughes won several awards during his hockey career, including Junior Player of the Year in the United States during the 2017-18 season. He played his junior hockey in Toronto with the Toronto Marlboros in the GTMMHL. Jack’s younger brother Luke was New Jersey’s first-round pick and fourth overall pick in the 2021 NHL Draft. The defender is currently playing at the University of Michigan (Big Ten). His older brother, Quinn is a Vancouver Canucks defenseman.