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Draft Preview: Jack Hughes is the undisputed number one, but this would mark another centre with little size added to the team's centre ice position. Did Ray Shero's comments of no-comment on selecting Jack and saying," It's hard right after this to talk about it because there are so many good young players in this draft, but for us, we recognize Jack is a great young player and it's certainly a great night for our franchise..." Does this leave us feeling they might be willing to select one of the "other good young players?" Many think Hughes can make an NHL club next October even if it is to act as a PP guy who sees limited minutes at the bottom end of the line-up while building his strength. Many also think Kakko is much more suited to come into the NHL straight away, and not get pushed off the puck. Is this what Shero was eluding to? Is he just being noncommittal to Hughes until his final draft meetings with his scouting staff? Lots of speculation by me, because Shero set me off! I know there is new "Kaapo Kakko is closing the gap" banter, but KK looks more like a big wing who you get the puck to, than a guy you try to make a full time centre. No matter what positives you place next to Kakko's name, there is no denying the Hughe's uncanny ability to gain such speed from his edges while turning, and his diagnostic and follow-through abilities, far above the strong pack of nine. The Devils have three more picks before the end of the second round. I bet at some point they go new age defender hunting, maybe by using picks to move up, or that first one to go down. Or has non-commitment by Taylor Hall to say he will be resigning asap, because he wants to see the Devils make a commitment to signing and trading for NHL players who make the team better and a true Cup challenger have the Devils trading those seconds for a more current solution to their roster?

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Rnd. Pick Player Position School Height Weight
(* = Junior; ** = Sophomore; *** = Freshman)
1 1 Jack Hughes C USNTDP (USHL) 5' 10" 170
2 34 Nils Höglander RW AIK (Allsvenskan) 5' 9.5" 188
2 55 Robert Mastrosimone LW Chicago (USHL) 5' 10" 159
2 61 Jordan Spence D Moncton (QMJHL) 5' 10" 165
3 70 Rhett Pitlick LW Omaha (USHL) 5' 9.5" 153
3 80 Marcus Kallionkieli RW Sioux City (USHL) 6' 2" 195
4 96 Pyotr Kochetkov G Ryazan HC (Slov U-20) 6' 3.25" 189
5 127 Dustin Wolf G Everett (WHL) 6' 0" 160
6 158 Filip Cederqvist LW Växjö (SHL) 6' 1" 186
7 189 Lucas Johansson G Örebro HK (Sweden) 6' 4.75" 187
(* = Junior; ** = Sophomore; *** = Freshman)
1 19 Zion Nybeck LW HV71 (SHL) 5' 8" 176