The 2021 NHL Draft may feel like it’s a long way off, but everything involving Luke Hughes tends to happen in a hurry.
The Hughes family story of three hockey-playing boys has come up at the two most recent NHL drafts. Roughly 13 months ago, Quinn Hughes was selected seventh overall by the Vancouver Canucks. And, just five weeks back, Jack Hughes headlined the 2019 event, joining the New Jersey Devils via the first overall pick.
Next fall, when his older brothers figure to be kicking off their NHL rookie seasons, Luke will begin playing with the same U.S. National Team Development Program both his siblings shined for. Like Quinn, Luke is a defenceman, one who spent last season tearing up the minor midget AAA ranks with the Detroit-based Little Caesars Hockey Club.
The coach of that team was former Atlanta Thrasher and Dallas Star Patrik Stefan, a first overall pick himself in 1999. This marked the second consecutive season Stefan was behind the bench of Luke’s team and he also saw Quinn play a bunch in recent years, as the latter was close by at the U.S. NTDP, then the University of Michigan. While Jack has his own obnoxiously good thing going on at centre, it’s pretty easy to draw a line between the two blue-liners.