New Jersey Devils center Jack Hughes has been placed on the team’s injured reserve list, the franchise officially announced on Thursday. Currently recovering from a dislocated shoulder, Hughes has been ruled out of action indefinitely with no set return date in sight.
The 20-year-old center was taken off the ice during the first period of the Devils’ 4-2 victory over the Seattle Kraken on Tuesday. He received his dislocated shoulder as a result of being ridden recklessly into the boards by Seattle defenseman Jeremy Lauzon.
According to an official team statement, Hughes will not be undergoing surgery, with an earlier MRI scan revealing that such action would not be required.
Currently, the 20-year-old Hughes is beginning his physical therapy treatment and is set to be evaluated at the start of next week, when the team is expecting to receive more information on a timetable leading to the player’s return to action.
Before suffering a dislocated shoulder, Hughes enjoyed a strong start to the season, scoring two goals in New Jersey’s nail-biting 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. The player arrived was selected by the Devils as the first overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.