Hey rookie, welcome to the NHL. It's been an adequate first month in the NHL for No. 1 overall pick Jack Hughes, as we've seen some glimpses of brilliance. On Friday night, he received another reminder that despite his other-worldly talent, he must always keep his eyes up on the ice. Veteran d-man Matt Niskanen delivered this lesson in a painful manner.
Credit to Kyle Palmeiri for coming to his teammate's defense, but this is pretty squarely on Hughes for skating in a dangerous position. It's a legal hit by Niskanen, who is simply doing his job by being physical with the young skater and ensuring, albeit briefly, that he's kept from a goal-scoring opportunity.