At OHL Prospects, Brock looks at Rangers prospect Tommy Hughes.
Hughes, an overage defenseman, was signed by the Rangers in the spring after spending four season with the London Knights.
Brock writes that there isn’t much offense to Hughes’ game, but that he doesn’t turn the puck over and can handle it if needed.
Defensively though, Hughes is a big defenseman who skates well and has “top-notch” positioning. He is rarely beaten one-on-one and has high character.
Brock says that the upside with Hughes isn’t very high (3rd pair/PKer) and that he will likely be a minor leaguer for a couple of seasons before getting his chance with the Rangers.
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The Rangers have announced that they have signed free agent defenseman Tommy Hughes.
Hughes, 20, is 6-2, 215lbs and played for London in the OHL.
Via the London Free Press, assistant London GM Rob Simpson said that Hughes fits the type of player that the Rangers are looking for. He added “he’s that Dan Girardi-type of big, hard-working, shot-blocking D-man who can take care of his own end.”
The paper says that Hughes intended to join the Rangers at training camp in September but training camp was cancelled because of the NHL lockout.
His contract will not start until next season. He will join the Whale on an ATO when London is eliminated from the OHL playoffs.
Hughes was the London Knights scholastic player of the year in 2011 and was “far from the fastest” player on the Knights and maybe the least offensively inclined.
Ryan Pyette described him as “the consummate late bloomer.”
Hughes was invited to the Rangers prospect development camp last summer but was not able to participate because of a broken foot. MetroNews says that Hughes and scouts from the Rangers have been in contact for over a year.
Former Capitals coach and current Knights coach Dale Hunter said that Hughes is “fearless” and keeps getting better every year. Hunter added that “he’s a very good skater. He’s fast. He stays in a crouch, which he should anyways, and he’s strong.”
MetroNews says that Hughes could easily follow in the path of former Knights defensemen Dan Girardi and Marc Methot.
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