Devils select US center Hughes with 1st pick in NHL draft

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Devils select US center Hughes with 1st pick in NHL draft
Devils select US center Hughes with 1st pick in NHL draft

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The first round of the NHL draft wasn't so much unpredictable as the game is becoming more international. That was Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill's observation following an opening round Friday that featured an international theme and numerous twists. Selected by New Jersey, center Jack Hughes became the eighth American chosen No. 1, and first since Auston Matthews was selected by Toronto in 2016. Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman began putting his stamp on Detroit by selecting German defenseman Moritz Seider. The U.S. matched Canada with 11 picks apiece. And the first round also included four players from Sweden, three from Finland and the host Vancouver

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