Top 2019 prospect Jack Hughes returning to USA's NTDP

Top 2019 prospect Jack Hughes returning to USA's NTDP
Posted at 4:41 PM, Jul 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-31 16:41:36-04

The top prospect in the 2019 NHL Draft is returning to play another year in Plymouth.

Jack Hughes will play a second season with USA Hockey's National Team Development Program.

“I just felt like the NTDP was the best spot for my development,” Hughes told

The younger brother of Michigan defenseman Quinn Hughes, who was drafted seventh overall by the Canucks, dominated competition as a 16-year-old.

In 60 games split between the U-17 and U-18 teams, he piled up 116 points.

“I love my teammates, my coaches, the resources and love being able to put on the USA jersey. I tell everyone no one trains as hard as us at the NTDP. We’re working out in-season, skating four times a week, and playing games on top of that.”

Hughes could have joined his brother at Michigan, but ultimately chose to return to the program that continues to churn out first round picks. 

"I knew the NTDP was a great spot, and Michigan was a great spot as well," he told

"Quinn had really good success there and anytime I have a chance to play with Quinn it's really appealing. I took that into consideration, but I think the NTDP was the best spot."