New Jersey Devils GM Ray Shero is in an enviable position: armed with the No. 1 selection in the 2019 NHL draft, he gets to decide whether Jack Hughes or Kaapo Kakko will wear his franchise’s sweater next season. And thanks to some lottery luck, it’s the second time in three years Shero has been in this situation.
Shero and the Devils also had the first overall pick in 2017, opting for Swiss sensation Nico Hischier over Canadian two-way center Nolan Patrick. Hischier burst onto the mainstream hockey scene at the world juniors that year as a one-man offensive attack for Switzerland. Thanks to his devastating speed and talent, the young pivot nearly pulled off a quarterfinal upset of Team USA by himself. And while the Americans eventually prevailed 3-2, Hischier had officially planted his f...
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Ryan Kennedy is the associate senior writer and draft/prospect expert at The Hockey News. He has been with the publication since 2005 and in that span, Don Cherry, Lil Jon and The Rock have all called his house. He lives in Toronto with his wife and kids where he listens to loud music and collects NCAA pennants.