NJ Devils sign Jack Hughes to entry-level contract


The NJ Devils first round draft pick Jack Hughes works out with the team’s younger players while attending Development Camp at the Rock in Newark.
Chris Pedota, NorthJersey

NEWARK — The New Jersey Devils and Jack Hughes made it official Friday morning, with the club inking the top pick in last month’s draft to a three-year, entry-level contract at Prudential Center. 

Three years is the maximum allowed for an entry-level contract. The deal is worth $925,000 AAV and includes performances bonuses. The 18-year-old center has been in New Jersey all week to participate in the club’s annual development camp with other prospects. 

Hughes said it felt like a surreal moment sitting in the executive offices and signing on the dotted line, but he got right back to work on the ice soon thereafter, participating in drills on the fourth day of camp. 

“My first contract is pretty cool but it’s kind of nice to get it out of the way and put that behind you,” Hughes said. “Once you sit down, it’s kind of crazy. You don’t really think about it. You’ve got a lot of emotions running through you. It’s your first contract so it’s a really special moment.” 

The move came just one day…

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