Name: Luke Hughes
Team: U.S. National U18 Team
Age/DOB: 17-years-old, September 9th, 2003
Birthplace: Canton, MI, USA
Potential Draft Round: First-round
NHL Potential: Top-Pairing Defensemen
The youngest of the three Hughes brothers, Luke, like his brother, Jack, also played for the USNTDP in the USHL. To make a more apples-to-apples comparison, Luke is much like his oldest brother, Quinn. Quinn is only 5’10 and 170 pounds.
He’s played two very productive seasons at the junior and NHL levels and two very good campaigns in the NCAA with the Michigan. Luke, on this end, is a left-handed defensemen who stands at six-goot-two and 176 pounds. Much like his brother Quinn, Luke is committed to the University of Michigan.
In a nutshell, his skating is very swift, velvety and pretty elusive. The way he moves the puck up ice is a lot like his brother, Jack, with a burst of speed at first gear. When he has a path along the slot, he can go on full turbo and crash the net for a goal. He is a very solid puck carrier with his build and he can quarterback and move the puck around very well.
Kind of like his brother Quinn already. Luke has an astonishing hockey IQ and hockey sense and he has a very solid snap and slap-shot that can really do a lot of damage while on offence.
One thing I would like to see Luke do is getting challenged a bit more with the Wolverines to gain more defensive time against some of the best D1 players once he heads off to Michigan. Luke, to me, has the most upside since his brother Quinn has paved the way for him the way he and Jack have been brought up in a very competitive household at very high levels of hockey.
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