It’s April 9th, 2019; the Detroit Red Wings just put the final touches on a 32-40-10 season and are waiting for the 2019 NHL Draft Lottery results. Fans are hoping that there is a savior in sight. The hopes are for the team to take home that first overall draft pick.
If the Detroit Red Wings do, they will likely be given free rein to select Jack Hughes and have one of the best young talents in hockey. However, fans know how this story ends. However, ten days later, the Red Wings got quite the boost in the hiring of Steve Yzerman, who eventually took over and has enacted the Yzerplan.
Another “if,” but if the Red Wings do not fall to sixth overall in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, then the fanbase would not be in love with German defenseman Moritz Seider who is becoming a fan favorite before he even arrives in Hockeytown.
While the team missed out on Jack Hughes in 2019 and passed on Quinn Hughes in 2018, the team might be able to scoop up the last remaining of the trio. The brothers are all slated to be future NHL talents after all being selected in the first-round (likely), and the Red Wings could grab the youngest brother next.
In the 2021 NHL Entry Draft, the Detroit Red Wings could very well select Luke Hughes.
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The Detroit Red Wings will make the sixth selection in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft later this month; there is a chance that the team opts to select Luke Hughes.
The left-handed shooting defenseman has a lot to like and may just be who Steve Yzerman fancies when the time comes.
Hughes, a seventeen-year-old defenseman, is 6-foot-2 and weighs in at 176-pounds for the Red Wings.
He is taller than both of his brothers and appears to be just as exciting of a prospect as well. Hughes is ranked sixth on the NHL draft rankings, according to Sports Illustrated.
The United States National Team Development Program (USNTDP) product is an offensive defenseman who contributes on both sides of the ice. In 2020-21, Hughes played 38 games with the U.S. National Team 18u, where he logged six goals and 28 assists for 34 total points.
Hughes also played 18 games with the USNTDP team against USHL teams, where he had four goals and 11 assists for 15 total points. He’s a defenseman who can make things happens. Smart with the puck and skates incredibly well.
Oftentimes Hughes can command play from the top of the zone, drawing defenders in and creating open ice down low for his teammates to make things happen, hence the assists. He may not always be ripping shots from the point and picking corners, but he makes things happen offensively and has the skating ability to do so confidently.
It’s clear that Quinn Hughes has become an incredibly gifted and good defenseman for the Vancouver Canucks; can Luke Hughes do the same for the Red Wings? With Moritz Seider already working his way to the NHL level, it could create a deadly combination for the organization.
As of now, Hughes is committed to play college hockey with the Michigan Wolverines. That could change depending on the 2021 NHL Entry Draft. The Red Wings should definitely have Hughes on their draft board heading into draft night later this month.
After missing out and passing on the first two Hughes brothers, the Red Wings have their chance to grab the third of the three brothers.