Jack Hughes had to wait until his eighth game to score his first NHL goal, and the timing of it could not have been any better.
Hughes, the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft, scored on the power play at the 14:04 mark of the first period to give the New Jersey Devils the lead over the Vancouver Canucks, finishing a play that was set up by the 2010 No. 1 overall pick, Taylor Hall.
It turned out to be the only goal in a 1-0 Devils win, their second in a row.
Here is a look at the play.
Why was the timing so perfect for Hughes?
Because his older brother, Quinn, is also playing in his rookie season for the Canucks and is in the lineup on Saturday afternoon. And since this was the first regular season matchup in the NHL between the two brothers the entire Hughes family was in attendance In Newark to see the big moment.
Both players players figure to be contenders for Calder Trophy as the league’s rookie of the year.
Jack’s goal on Saturday comes one game after he recorded his first career point, an assist in the Devils’ win over the New York Rangers — and No. 2 overall pick Kaapo Kakko — on Thursday night.
Quinn entered Saturday’s game with a goal and two assists in six games for the Canucks. He scored his first goal in a win over the Los Angeles Kings earlier this season. He was the No. 7 overall pick in the 2018 draft class.