Jack Hughes will be back in the Devils’ lineup on Tuesday night. And his game checks will soon be much bigger.
Hughes has signed an eight-year, $64 million extension that will keep him in New Jersey through 2030. The Athletic was the first to report the extension.
The 20-year old Hughes, who was picked first overall in the 2019 draft, scored 11 goals with 20 assists in last year’s 56-game season. A shoulder injury has kept him out for all but the first two games of this season, though he is set to return.
“I’m so excited to sign this deal for myself and for my family,” Hughes said in a release. “I love being in New Jersey and I love playing in New Jersey. I wouldn’t want to play anywhere else and we are really building something special. I believe in what we are doing here, and we have a great chance to be successful for a long time. This contract shows that the team is extremely invested in me and I’m also really dedicated to this organization. I want to thank Tom Fitzgerald, David Blitzer, Josh Harris, and everyone with the New Jersey Devils for this opportunity.”
The contract is somewhat frontloaded, with Hughes’ salary starting at $9 million next season and dropping to $7 million by 2029-30.
The Devils are off to a 9-6-4 start heading into Tuesday’s game against San Jose.