Luke Hughes, LD, United States National Team Development Program (USNTDP)
While the last few draft years have seen the Detroit Red Wings hoping to land one of the Hughes brothers. The trio of them has started to work their way into the NHL ranks. Now, the final one is poised to be a top ten pick and is someone the organization should consider.
Luke Hughes is bigger than both of his brothers and could possibly have more upside than both of them did. Jack Hughes was taken first overall, and Quinn Hughes was drafted eighth; the Red Wings can get their version of a Hughes brother this year at sixth, possibly.
Hughes has been a standout for the United States Team Development Program (USNTDP) and will likely wind up being an exceptional defenseman in some team’s back end. Hughes could very well end up being the future pairing buddy for Moritz Seider.
He is a left-handed shot who’s 6-foot-2 and weighs in at 182 pounds. He’s no 6-foot-4 Moritz Seider, but Hughes is big can be a phenomenal asset to this team’s up and coming prospects. He’s young and going to continue to develop a ton as he works towards playing in the NHL routinely.
The standout part of Hughes’ game is the ability to control the top of the zone when his team is on offense. He does a good job working the puck around up top. In doing so, he tends to draw attention from defenders.
Due to Hughes’s great skating ability, he’s often able to draw defenders close enough to dump the puck off to a teammate in a position for a scoring chance without surrendering the puck or completely taking himself out of the play.
There’s a lot to like in Hughes’ offensive zone skills, but he’s smart defensively, gaps up well, and is able to get the job done in the defensive zone. If the Detroit Red Wings want to add another defenseman, Hughes is definitely a name to have on their radar.