Cameron Hughes

Hometown:

Edmonton Alberta

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1996-12-10

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2015

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2015

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

6th round (165th overall), 2015

Weight:

161 lbs.

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History

2010-11: Cameron Hughes skated for the CAC Canadians bantam AAA team in Edmonton. He was selected by Swift Current in the ninth round (178th overall) in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft. 

2011-12: Hughes played midget AAA hockey with the CAC Edmonton Canadians. In 32 games he scored 8 goals with 23 assists and 24 penalty minutes. CAC finished eighth in the Dodge Division, missing the playoffs. 

2012-13: Hughes played junior A hockey with the Spruce Grove Saints in the Alberta Junior Hockey League. he scored 11 goals with 20 assists and 42 penalty minutes in 60 regular season games. The Saints reached the AJHL finals, falling to the Brooks Bandits. Hughes scored 3 goals with 6 assists and 11 penalty minutes in 14 playoff games. He was selected by Waterloo in the 22nd round (327th overall) in the 2013 USHL Entry Draft. 

2013-14: Hughes returned to Spruce Grove for his second AJHL season and skated for the bronze medal-winning Canada West U19 team at the 2013 World Junior A Challenge in November. He scored 21 goals with 36 assists and 58 penalty minutes in 52 regular season games for Spruce Grove. The Saints finished first in the AJHL and won the league playoff title, falling to Dauphin in the RBC Cup second West Region qualification game. Hughes scored 1 goal with 16 assists and 2 penalty minutes in 18 post-season games. He  committed to playing college hockey at Wisconsin in 2014-15 in February. 

2014-15: Hughes skated in 34 games for the University of Wisconsin as a freshman. He scored 3 goals with 10 assists and was -17 with 35 penalty minutes. Wisconsin won just four games all season and was eliminated by Michigan, 5-1, in the Big Ten quarterfinals; the worst season in Madison since the Badgers’ program returned to the varsity level in 1963. Hughes was ranked 196th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Boston in the sixth round (165th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.  

Talent Analysis

A sixth-round draft pick this past summer, Hughes is a smooth skater with the hockey IQ necessary to continue being a center at the pro level. He needs to work on his shot and he got physically outplayed in college last year scoring just 13 points. But like many late round picks, Hughes has lots of time to develop.

Future

Hughes is in his sophomore season at the University of Wisconsin in 2015-16. Skating on the Badgers' top line with Ducks' prospect Grant Besse and 2016 draft-eligible freshman Luke Kunin, he is among the team leaders in assists. The Badgers once again struggled this year but have shown signs of improvement late in the year. Hughes projects as a skilled center with a scoring role in the NHL.

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