FC Rank 31
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USNTDP Juniors
148 lbs
Place of Birth
Chicago, IL  

Hutson is a wizard with the puck on his stick. While it’s clear that he won’t dominate games with his size and reach, his hockey IQ and exceptional puck skills make him one of the most intriguing prospects on defense outside of the NHL. Despite his limited size, he uses his stick effectively on defense and reads plays well in the neutral zone, allowing him to break up potential counterattacks. Once the play transitions, he quickly recognizes the best option for a breakout. He can deliver the puck on his teammates’ blades in stride, make a simple play to ensure the puck exits the zone, or carry it up the ice himself. He employs body fakes and crossovers adeptly to outmaneuver opposing players on zone entries and at the blue line. As a smaller player, he struggles the most in one-on-one battles, occasionally finding himself on the wrong side of opponents and unable to recover due to his lack of physicality. In that regard, I believe another season of college hockey is the right decision for him at this point, and I expect him to join the Canadiens for the 2024-25 season. Given his intelligence, skill, and above-average skating, it wouldn’t surprise me if he earns a spot in the NHL lineup right from the start. Canadiens fans should be excited about what the future holds.

Rasmus Tornqvist
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Game Results

May 15, 2023
Team USA

Player Report

Skating 7
Shooting 6
Puckhandling 8
Playmaking 7
Offensive Awareness 8
Defensive Awareness 7
Compete 6

Lane Hutson's Reports

May 28/23 Lane Hutson 24888 – Team USA vs. Sweden WHC by Wige Karle View Summary
May 20/23 Lane Hutson 24868 – Team USA vs. Germany WHC by Rasmus Tornqvist View Summary
Jun 13/22 Lane Hutson 23966 – USA-U18 vs. Cedar Rapids USHL by Wige Karle View Summary
Apr 27/22 Lane Hutson 23806 – Team USA vs. Germany WJC-18 by Douglas Larson View Summary
Jan 18/22 Lane Hutson 23230 – Team White vs. Team Blue AAPG by Shaun Richardson View Summary
Jan 12/22 Lane Hutson 23155 – Minnesota vs. USA U18 NTDP by Josh Bell View Summary
Nov 20/21 Lane Hutson 22824 – Finland vs. Team USA 5NATIONS by Douglas Larson View Summary
Jul 10/21 Lane Hutson 22325 – USA U18 vs. Muskegon USHL by Shaun Richardson View Summary
Jan 9/21 Lane Hutson 21555 – Chicago vs. USA U17 USHL by FCHockey Staff View Summary