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Scouting Report: Max McHugh - Junior Hockey News

Published: Tuesday, 19 Feb 2013
By: Michael Gosnell

It was the most anticipated series in Johnstown and the measuring-stick game for the Tomahawks.

Wenatchee versus Johnstown was a physical series with Wenatchee earning the sweep of Johnstown.

During that series, I scouted forward Max McHugh.

McHugh has played for Wenatchee for the past three seasons and is enjoying his most productive season in the North American Hockey League.

The Fargo Force of the United States Hockey League selected him in the fourth round, but he has been a mainstay with Wenatchee.

He surpassed his point totals from the 2010-2011 season and has scored a career-high 17 goals.

He has not disappointed the Wild front office and coaching staff.

McHugh is a hard working forward who will go into the corners and dig for the puck, but will score the huge goals that a first line forward is expected to do.

This combination of skill and hard work is an asset that National Hockey League and college scouts are looking for.

McHugh is a solid skater who reads the ice well and has a high hockey IQ.

His acceleration from the first-step is decent.

From what I have gathered, it seems his line mate love playing with him because of his excellent playmaking abilities.

He is determined at both ends of the ice.

Wild head coach Bliss Littler used McHugh as a second line center, which suits McHugh very well.

He seems to be very comfortable with his role on the talent-laden Wild roster, which is great to know.

McHugh won a majority of his face-offs, scored two goals on the weekend and extended his goal-scoring streak to four games.

The Edgewood, Washington native saw power play and penalty-killing time as well.

Overall, I did not view any noticeable deficiencies in McHugh's game.

His puck control, competitiveness, physical play and playmaking abilities are areas in which McHugh excels.

On a team where the likes of Jono Davis, Chris Kerr and Josh Hartley reside, it may be hard for McHugh to stand out.

However, his drive and well-rounded play will benefit Max McHugh and get him to the next level.

His second line role should carry over into the collegiate level.


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