Jack Hughes has opted for familiar surroundings.
The projected top pick in the 2019 NHL Draft will remain with the U.S. National Team Development Program next season, turning down opportunities with the University of Michigan as well as the OHL's Mississauga Steelheads, who held his Canadian junior rights.
"I just felt like the NTDP was the best spot for my development," Hughes told Mike Morreale of NHL.com. "I love my teammates, my coaches, the resources, and love being able to put on the USA jersey. I tell everyone no one trains as hard as us at the NTDP. We're working out in season, skating four times a week, and playing games on top of that."
In passing on Michigan, Hughes turned down a shot to suit up alongside his brother Quinn, the seventh overall pick by the Vancouver Canucks in this summer's draft. On Saturday, Quinn committed to returning to the Wolverines next season.