Jack Hughes appears right at home at his first development camp with the New Jersey Devils.
The No. 1 pick of the 2019 NHL Draft arrived Monday evening and took part in practice Tuesday. The 18-year-old center exhibited confidence in his game, made a few special plays and never hesitated to ask a question.
"We got our feet under us, so it was good to get out there with the jersey on for the first time," Hughes said. "There a lot of smart people here who can teach you a lot of things, so for me it's all a learning curve. I'll get a lot more comfortable with New Jersey over the week, find my way around the rink and get to know the area a little bit better."
Hughes (5-foot-10, 170 pounds) said he's committed to becoming the first player from the USA Hockey National Team Development Program to go directly from the draft to playing in the NHL.
The past 12 No. 1 NHL Draft picks have played in the NHL the season after being selected, including former NTDP center Auston Matthews, who won the 2017 Calder Trophy voted as NHL rookie of the year playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs (2016 NHL Draft).