Dreger Café: Drury on USA's chances at gold, what he's seen from Hughes, Kakko
As part of TSN's extensive coverage of the 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 United States general manager and New York Rangers assistant general manager Chris Drury.
Here are a few topics that stood out.
Drury on what he’s seen from projected No. 1 pick Jack Hughes:
“He’s a terrific kid. I think first and foremost, Jim and Ellen have raised some terrific kids and then when you get to the hockey side of it, they’re obviously world class hockey players. Such elite skaters, elite talent. Quinn, I think every game this year has gotten better and better. He was probably our best defenceman against Great Britain. And I think Jack has fit in nicely. He’s not playing the 20-plus minutes he’s used to for the program all winter, but he learned a lot, he’s sitting next to Kane in the locker room, that’s never a bad thing. I think every day he’s just trying to fit in more and more and get better and better.”
Drury on the Rangers having the No. 2 pick and the possibility of drafting Kaapo Kakko:
“He’s an impressive player no question. As far as his body goes, he already kind of has that man’s body and he’s 6-foot-3. Playing against older guys much longer than Jack has, but I think we’re in a great spot. I think either way we’re getting a hell of a player and I know Jersey is too, so I think we’re both excited.”
Drury on becoming an NHL general manager one day:
“I think long term that would be something I would love to do, but I know right now I absolutely love working for Jeff Gorton and for the Rangers. I kind of got back into the game with the Rangers with one goal in mind and try to help them win a Stanley Cup and that really hasn’t changed for me.”