The "Lose for Hughes" mantra captivated the fans of lesser teams around the NHL this season, but it seems as if the consensus top prospect in this year's draft class Jack Hughes is going to be given a run for his money by Finland's Kaapo Kakko.
Kakko played in the first IIHF Worlds game against a star-studded Canadian squad and tallied two goals and six shots on goal in just over 15 minutes of ice time. The 18-year-old winger scored an absolute beauty, dangling Matt Murray and finishing on the backhand.
Although Hughes is still the favorite to go No. 1, the Devils may have a tougher decision on their hands than they initially thought. Kakko has the size advantage at 6-2 and 190 pounds compared to Jack Hughes 5-10 and 170 pounds, and he uses that size nicely when shielding the puck.
Drafting Hughes would give the Devils a phenomenal one-two punch at center with Hischier already there, but drafting Kakko would allow the 20-year-old to now have another weapon on the right wing along with Taylor Hall on the left creating a monster line.
To make things even more interesting, the Devils sent out this tweet after Kakko scored during the first period, showing their amazement with the forward's skill. That tweet was sent out six minutes after a similar one from the rival New York Rangers, who have the second pick in the draft, spicing things up even more.
Kakko may be the more polished prospect as of now, but Hughes arguably has the higher star potential. Either way, the Devils are going to land themselves a really good player at this year's draft whether they choose to go the conventional route with Hughes or the path less traveled with Kakko.