New Jersey Devils: Jack Hughes Looked Like Connor McDavid On This Goal

Jesper Bratt #63 of the New Jersey Devils. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Jesper Bratt #63 of the New Jersey Devils. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /

The New Jersey Devils pulled off a very big win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night. Guys like Vitek Vanecek, Jack Hughes, and Dougie Hamilton had extra special games but everyone really played their role well to earn the two points in shutout fashion.

As NHL fans, we watch other teams around the league on top of watching the Devils. There are lots of great players to be excited about across the league.

One of them is Connor McDavid. The Edmonton Oilers superstar is the best active player on planet earth and is already one of the greatest players who ever lived. Everyone wants to be as good as McDavid, but nobody is really even close.

With that said, there was one play in this New Jersey Devils win where a player looked like McDavid for one shift. Of course, that player is Jack Hughes who has some silky moves himself. On New Jersey’s first goal of the game, he did his best McDavid impression.

Leading up to the final pass he made after skating through four Blackhawks defenders, Hughes weaseled his way through the offensive zone multiple times creating big-time chances.

Jack Hughes is starting to become one of the best players in the entire NHL.

He looked like he was going to score or create a goal at least three or four times on the same shift before one finally went in.

That aforementioned final pass was to Dougie Hamilton who received it and blasted it past Arvid Soderblom to give the Devils a 1-0 lead. That would stand as the game-winning goal for the Devils in the 3-0 victory.

This was Hughes’ best shift in the NHL up to this point which is saying something because there have been some good ones.

Again, he danced around the zone for a while (around 50 seconds) before finally finding his way through four defenders. After that, he made the amazing cross-ice pass to Hamilton. It was simply sensational and something we’ve seen McDavid do 100 times.

Jack Hughes is not quite as good as McDavid, and he probably never will be. That doesn’t mean that he can’t be a top-five player in this league. He is really starting to show the ability to be that good, and this goal was the best highlight he’s created up to this point.

He didn’t end there, either. He made an amazing play to create a cross-ice pass to set up a Jesper Bratt power-play goal later on. It was an amazing game for Jack as he now has 31 points in 26 games which is a pace of 97 points. He very well could break 100.

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Hughes’ next chance to imitate McDavid will come on Friday night when the New York Islanders visit The Rock for a big-time game.