Jack Hughes, No. 1 in NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of North American skaters eligible for the 2019 NHL Draft, will try to set the career record for points with the USA Hockey National Team Development Program this weekend.
The 5-foot-10, 168-pound center has 185 points (60 goals, 125 assists) in 95 NTDP games (1.95 points per game) in two seasons with the Under-17 and Under-18 NTDP teams. He needs five points to pass forward Clayton Keller, now with the Arizona Coyotes, who had 189 points (71 goals, 118 assists) in 123 games (1.54 points per game) from 2014-16.
Hughes set the NTDP record for career assists (125) last week. He has 24 points (11 goals, 13 assists) and eight multipoint games during an 11-game point streak, and 69 points (20 goals, 49 assists) in 35 games this season. The NTDP Under-18 team team plays Green Bay of the United States Hockey League at USA Hockey Arena on Friday and Saturday.