Juraj Slafkovsky and Jack Hughes
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MAJOR: Juraj Slafkovsky following in the footsteps of Jack Hughes? A comparison emerges and it sparks significant reactions

Published February 14, 2024 at 4:19 PM
BY DAVID ST-JEAN

In 2019, Jack Hughes was selected first overall in the NHL draft, just ahead of Kaapo Kakko and Kirby Dach. His early career wasn't always smooth, but he has developed well and is now part of the NHL elite, notably with a 99-point season last year.

Drafted first overall in 2022, Juraj Slafkovsky isn't there yet, as he has three fewer years of experience in the NHL. However, his progression curve is remarkably similar to Hughes'.

In 92 career games, both players have exactly the same number of points. Slafkovsky has one more goal, and Hughes has one more assist.

When you look at the rapid progression of the Canadiens' number 20 and the path Jack Hughes has taken, it's very encouraging for the future.


No, it doesn't mean that Slafkovsky will be as productive as Hughes, but he has the potential to become a star in his own way, developing into a well-rounded player with an imposing physical presence.

Just a few weeks ago, many people were ready to send Juraj to Laval and label him a flop. Things have changed quickly in a very short time.

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MAJOR: Juraj Slafkovsky following in the footsteps of Jack Hughes? A comparison emerges and it sparks significant reactions

Do you believe Slafkovsky will ever be as productive as Jack Hughes?

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