Jack Hughes dislocated shoulder doing better but out at least five weeks for Devils

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Sep 29, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; New Jersey Devils center Jack Hughes (86) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Washington Capitals during the second period at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

New Jersey Devils center Jack Hughes will be sidelined at least an additional five weeks with a dislocated left shoulder.

Hughes, who will not require surgery, sustained the injury in New Jersey’s 4-2 win against the expansion Seattle Kraken on Oct. 19.

“It’s bad, but it could’ve been worse,” head coach Lindy Ruff said after the injury. “He’s obviously disappointed and pretty down on being hurt so I tried to pick him up.”

Jack Hughes out five weeks

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Oct 19, 2021; Newark, New Jersey, USA; New Jersey Devils center Jack Hughes (86) skates off the ice after being hit during the first period of their game against the Seattle Kraken at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

“He was off to a great start,” Ruff noted about Hughes’ play. “We had a real good conversation yesterday. Talked about the fact he’s young and he’s gonna heal quick. Being ready to get back and take off from where he finished.”

The Devils announced the decision on Friday after Hughes recently met with team head orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jonathan L. Glashow for his one-week re-evaluation. Per the Devils, it was determined that Hughes’ left shoulder dislocation “is stable, there are no unforeseen issues, and he is on course with his rehabilitation program.”

Hughes, the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, has played in 119 games with the Devils, recording 55 points (20 goals, 35 assists). The 20-year-old scored two goals in the season-opening 4-3 overtime win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 15 and added an assist before leaving the game against the Kraken.

–Field Level Media contributed to this report