Besides returning to the Devils lineup, Jack Hughes also returns with a new contract in hand as well. Jack Hughes and the New Jersey Devils agreed upon a 8 year contract extension worth 64 million overall for the length of the deal and an 8 million annual average value (AAV) per season. There has been talk for a while that the two sides were discussing a new deal with Hughes set to become a restricted free agent after this season. Below is the announcement from the New Jersey Devils and my reaction to the new contract for Jack Hughes:
Announcement from the NJ Devils
My reaction to Hughes’ new deal
Obviously, this is very good for both the New Jersey Devils and Jack Hughes. Jack Hughes has become a very key piece to the Devils of eventually becoming a Stanley Cup contender again. Also, he seems very comfortable playing in the Garden State and it helps the Devils recently drafted his younger brother Luke in the first round this year. Jack Hughes creates so much offense with his speed, skill, vision, passing ability, being able to score, and can play a solid 200 foot game out on the ice. Hughes has shown how valuable he is when he’s not in the lineup and has developed into a fine number one center that can only get better and keep on improving. The Devils did alright without him while he was injured recently but, obviously he adds so much more to the lineup and brings an even more dangerous dynamic type of threat out there on the ice. New Jersey needs to continue to build around him and providing him as well as the team with the pieces and weapons to go out and win Stanley Cups. Great job by the Devils in getting this deal done.