New Jersey New Jersey rookie Jack Hughes was hoping much better for the National Hockey League, but he does not lose hope and expects success individually and collectively.
While his team is struggling on the ice, the first pick in the last repechage is also looking for benchmarks. With no win after six games, the Devils (0-4-2) missed another lead on Monday afternoon, losing 6 to 4 to the Florida Panthers. For his part, Hughes was cleared despite 12 shots on goal; his -4 differential is a good illustration of the team's troubles.
Although he could not put his name on the score sheet, the number 86 is satisfied with his performance so far.
"I think I played very well in those six games," he told NHL.com. The media watch the total throws, but I focus on my game throughout the season. I also think I have progressed with each fight. I'm happy with the quality of my hockey and when some leaps are good, things will really start to move in the right direction. "
Author of nine shots in the three most recent duels, Hughes would have obviously liked to produce to help his club out of his torpor. On the other hand, the Devils will also have to refine their defensive game.
"We had trouble in tight games. We had the lead in three of our meetings and we could not settle the file. This is an area for improvement, "he said.
"This is not the type of start we wanted," said winger Taylor Hall. Hockey is sometimes weird. Before the start of the campaign, we heard a lot of positive and the training camp was excellent. Then we started this way and guys like me are not happy with their game. It's disappointing, yes. (…) Nevertheless, no one will feel sad for us. We must be better. "
Hughes will be able to break the ice during the New York Rangers' visit on Thursday. It will be a first shock in the regular season with the young Kaapo Kakko, second selection of the last amateur auction.
"This is the last thing coming to mind. Our training did not win once; that's what I remember. We will try to win a match and the identity of the opponent does not matter, "said the Devils player.