HockeyShot: Jack Hughes’ training earns him top pick in NHL Draft
Chances are you have already heard of Jack Hughes – younger brother to Quinn Hughes, chosen No. 7 by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2018 NHL Draft, and older brother to Luke, a prospect for a first-round selection in the 2021 NHL Draft.
Like HockeyShot, this family legacy has come through lots of hard work and humble beginnings, from shooting puck holes in the drywall as kids to training on their very own HockeyShot Home Training Center, we’re proud to have Jack and Quinn Hughes as HS ambassadors!
On June 21, Jack Hughes was selected No. 1 by the New Jersey Devils at the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver. A left-handed center, Jack is likely the first NTDP player to go directly from the draft to playing in the NHL! The kid just turned 18 years old on May 14.
His stature and agility on the ice have drawn comparisons to Patrick Kane, while his skating resembles the style of Connor McDavid. Whoever he reminds you of, there is no question that Jack Hughes is going places, and HockeyShot is right beside him to help him continue to dominate!
Growing up in the Hughes household, all the brothers played hockey. In fact, Jack was on the ice from the time he was 1 ½ years old. While the brothers may have learned their signature cuts, turns and slices from their parents Jim and Ellen, both high-level hockey players themselves, they have also been training hard with Dan Ninkovich (nickname: Deej) at Beyond The Next Level (BTNL) to perfect those skills and raise them up to the NHL level. A training center in Oakville, Ont., with alumni ranging from McDavid to Phil Kessel, BTNL and HockeyShot are proud to support some of the top NHL prospects such as Jack and help them train to win.
Throughout his training at BTNL, Jack has perfected his innate ability to process new information on the ice, and keep his feet moving to continually adapt to the play. He has the capacity to change his mind at a moment’s notice without sacrificing speed or ability, knows how to make full use of the blade and can scan the ice mentally without slowing down physically. These are all fully teachable skills, and thanks to Deej, the whole BTNL team and his dedicated family and coaches, Jack Hughes is a shining example of where hard work will get you.
When you train the right way, you can ensure the game is tailor-made to fit your skills. Jack Hughes and Deej have worked to create an intricate training system that you can recreate at home using only the best training equipment, they love dryland training tools such as the HS Slideboard Pro, stickhandling drills using the HS Speed Dekes and shooting practice with the Extreme Shooter Tutor and Indestructible Goal.
When asked about the growth that he has seen in Jack Hughes, NDTP coach John Wroblewski told NHL.com: “From two years ago when I first met him through last spring until now, it’s is a completely transformed individual, just look at the way he can generate scoring chances, and how the ice is tilted while he’s out there. Jack will find a way to impress on people in the NHL next season with his game.”
Clearly, the folks over at BTNL know what they are doing, and with the use of HockeyShot Training Products, Jack Hughes’ star is only going to continue to rise. We can’t wait to see what happens next!
— HockeyShot Staff
(Sept. 19, 2019)