New Jersey Devils’ star center Jack Hughes has made history by becoming the youngest player in franchise history to reach 90 points in a single season at the age of 21 years and 323 days. Hughes surpassed the previous record set by Kirk Muller during the 1987-88 season, who achieved the feat at 22 years and 52 days old.
Hughes earned his historic 90th point with an assist in a 6-1 loss against the Winnipeg Jets. Despite the tough loss, the Devils have already clinched a playoff spot and currently sit second in the Metropolitan Division with five games remaining in the regular season.
Jack Hughes, the first overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, has had a breakout year, displaying his immense talent and potential. In the previous season, Hughes recorded 56 points in 49 games, an impressive total cut short due to injury. This season, the young center has tallied 40 goals and 50 assists, amassing a total of 90 points in 73 games, with 28 of those points coming on the power play.
As the Devils gear up for the playoffs, they’ll be counting on Hughes to continue his exceptional play and lead the team towards a deep postseason run. Fans and teammates alike are excited to see what the future holds for this talented young player as he continues to make his mark on the NHL.
It is currently expected that the Devils will face off against the Rangers in the first round of the NHL playoffs. In their season series this year, the Rangers and Devils have played each other 4 times, with New Jersey winning 3 out of 4 meetings. 3 of the 4 games were one goal games, while the other was a 2 goal game with an empty netter, so every meeting between that two has been a close battle and is shaping up to be a very exciting playoff series.