Top draft prospect Jack Hughes to play for U.S. at world championship


Top NHL draft prospect Jack Hughes. (Carlos Osorio/AP)

Hockey fans will get to see the upcoming NHL Draft’s top prospect when Jack Hughes suits up for the United States at the upcoming world championships.

Hughes, who is 17 years old, will be the youngest player to ever play for the U.S. at the tournament. He will be joining his brother Quinn, a Vancouver Canucks defenceman, on the team.

Ottawa Senators prospect Christian Wolanin and New York Rangers prospect Adam Fox, both defencemen, were also added to the roster on Wednesday.

Jack Hughes is coming off strong performance at the under-19 men’s world championship, where he led the tournament in scoring with nine goals and 20 points in seven games.

Fox, who was acquired by the Rangers in a trade with the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday, was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award as the top college player this season. The 21-year-old had nine goals and 48 points in 33 games at Harvard.

Wolanin, 24, split time this season with the Senators and their AHL affiliate in Belleville. In 30 NHL games, he had four goals and 12 points, while in 40 AHL games, he had seven goals and 31 points.

The U.S. roster now sits at 23 players, highlighted by team captain Patrick Kane and NHL stars Jack Eichel, Johnny Gaudreau and Ryan Suter.

The Americans open the tournament on May 10 against host Slovakia. Hughes will face his fellow top draft prospect Kaapo Kakko and Finland on May 13.

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