The Devils got their man.In an unsurprising move, New Jersey took United States National Team Development Program center Jack Hughes with the first-overall pick in the NHL Draft on Friday. Hughes, 18, scored 34 goals and added 78 assists for the NTDP this year.He broke the NTPD’s career scoring record and averaged more than two points per game this season. He was widely seen as a surefire No. 1 pick and should be a cornerstone for any team in the middle for years to come.The only question about the top selection was whether the Devils would go rogue and take Finland winger Kaapo Kakko instead. He jumped up draft boards over the second half of the season and really came into the spotlight when he scored five goals in the first two games of the IIHF World Championships in May.Kakko helped a relatively star-powerless Finland squad to a championship and had some people asking if he could overtake Hughes as the No. 1 prospect. Hughes has been the top prospect in the draft before the season even started.When his brother, Quinn, was taken No. 7 overall in 2018, Hughes became the focus. And there is good reason for this. Related News Potential No. 1 pick Jack Hughes added to USA World Championships roster Top prospect Kaapo Kakko will not participate in NHL combine In fact, NHL.com actually did rank him above Hughes. And in all honesty, the Devils couldn’t have gone wrong by taking either young man.Ultimately they selected Hughes and likely will have a great player for years to come as will the Rangers if, and when, they take Kakko at No. 2.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble expressed his support for Greece’s impressive economic reform program during his 8 hour visit to Athens on Thursday. He pledged to back with 100 million euroes an investment fund to support small businesses.Security in Athens was tight during the visit of the German finance minister who held talks with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and a number of Greek Ministers, including his counterpart Yiannis Stournaras.The German Minister appealed to Greeks to “stop the discussion about a new debt haircut”, saying that “it is not to your benefit.”He added, however, that the issue could be revisited in late 2014 “if Greece has implemented reforms and achieved a primary surplus.”During a television interview with SKAI, Schaeuble describing the boom in the tourism sector as “a success story for this year” and mentioned the boost in Greek exports, particularly to non-European countries.On the contentious issue of Greece’s long-standing demand for war reparations from Germany for losses sustained during World War II, Schaeuble stated that “the issue of reparations has been dealt with everywhere in Europe”.“The legal issues have been settled. Everyone knows this, all Greek governments knew this and that’s why there was never an issue,” he said.Read more on this topic in tomorrow’s English edition of Neos Kosmos.