Jack Hughes upset with injury as Devils place him on IR with a dislocated shoulder

The New Jersey Devils placed center Jack Hughes on injured reserve Thursday because of his dislocated left shoulder.

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

The team said an MRI didn’t reveal any other damage and that he won’t require surgery. He is taking part in physical therapy and will be re-evaluated in a week, the team said.

Jack Hughes upset over injury

The injury apparently occurred Tuesday when he was hit into the boards late in the first period of a 4-2 win against the Seattle Kraken. He did not return to the game.

Michael McLeod will join Yegor Sharangovich and Janne Kuokkanen on the second line in the absence of Hughes, 20.

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). He scored two goals in the season-opening 4-3 overtime win against the Chicago Blackhawks and added an assist before leaving the game against the Kraken.

“[Hughes] was off to a great start,” Ruff explained. “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 also will be without goalie Jonathan Bernier when they host the Washington Capitals on Thursday night. He is out with a lower-body injury. Scott Wedgewood is expected to get the start. The team recalled Nico Daws from Utica of the American Hockey League.

–Field Level Media