True steal by Kent Hughes: the Montreal Canadiens have acquired a 70-point defenseman by deciding to draft Lane Hutson
Published November 14, 2023 at 0h22
During the 2022 draft, several teams passed over the opportunity to select the young and talented defenseman Lane Hutson. The reason for this was the young man's size.
Scouts strongly doubted that the defender, who at the time measured 5 feet 8 inches, would be able to maintain his dominance in professional hockey. Kent Hughes and Jeff Gorton were not afraid and jumped at the chance to select him at the 62nd spot in the draft.
A year and a half later, now measuring 5 feet 10 inches and weighing 160 pounds, he is considered one of the best prospects in the organization. His sometimes high-risk maneuvers continue to work and are often very spectacular.
His coach with the Boston University Terriers, Jay Pandolfo, has nothing but good words for the CH prospect. He even compares his defenseman to none other than Adam Fox, a 70-point-plus defensemen in the NHL.
Hutson, who is only 19 years old, is, according to Pandolfo, a big part of the opposing teams' game plan. The fact that he continues to dominate against 23-24-year-old men is very impressive.
After a 48-point season in 39 games last season, Hutson has accumulated five points in as many games this campaign. The upper body injury he suffered at the start of the season, causing him to miss a game, doesn't seem to affect him at all. He seems very motivated to show everyone that his size will not be a problem in the future!