As part of TSN's extensive coverage of the 2019 IIHF World Hockey Championship, TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger sits down with some of the game's prominent personalities in Slovakia discussing the hot topics of the day.
In this edition of 'Dreger Cafe,' Darren goes one-on-one with Team USA's Jack and Quinn Hughes.
Here is a taste of what stood out:
Jack on what’s left to prove before the NHL Draft
“I think I’m confident in myself. Obviously I had a great year, so did Kaapo Kakko, he had a great year so I mean for myself I think I’m pretty confident in the position I’ll go. I mean now it’s not for the draft for me it’s more of gearing up for pro hockey and kind of being around pros on a daily basis and learning what it’s like to be a pro rather than still vying for draft status or whatever. I think I’m kind of over that now and am just trying to learn what it’s like to be a pro.”
Quinn on his draft experience last year:
“I had a feeling I wouldn’t slip past seven. But like for me at the same time I was just like at this point whoever wants to take me can take me. If you don’t want to take me then it is what it is. I wasn’t keeping it personal or anything like that. You know it’s a long year and for me at that point I was just ready to get it over with.”
Jack on being compared to Kaapo Kakko:
“I mean for me I think one and two always get compared. Every year, people try and compare and make it seem like something, but I think for me all I had to do was focus on my game and just keep moving along. It’s a long year, there are a lot of ups and downs and I mean for me all I had to do was show up to the rink, have fun and play my game. It was pretty simple to do that.”