He even claims he’s “the league’s most dynamic blue-line prospect” → https://t.co/YDRYZ0Qw63
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) August 3, 2023
It’s not for nothing that he’s considered one of the most exciting prospects on the circuit, as Tony Ferrari recently stated.
And according to prospect expert Chris Peters, we can’t rule out the possibility of him scoring as many as 60 points in the NCAA this season.
In doing so, he would be the first defenseman to reach that mark in the 21st century (Matt Carle currently holds the “record” with 54 points).
Chris Peters: “I don’t think it’s out of the question for Lane Hutson to hit somewhere in the 55-60 point range [next season], which frankly we don’t see very often at all at the collegiate level from a D-man. If he does that, he’s got a great chance to win the Hobey Baker.” pic.twitter.com/2gLmgEYh4C
– /r/Habs (@HabsOnReddit) August 10, 2023
As Peters notes, we agree that such a high point total should give Hutson a good chance of winning the Hobey Baker. We know he looked like a serious contender last year, but in the end, he didn’t even make the final three.
A decision that didn’t go down too well, and not just in Montreal.
And in fact, it’s not ridiculous to think that the little defender could once again make it to the next level. He’s just had a monster summer camp with the U.S. national team, and he’s likely to have even more responsibilities with the Terriers this season.
And when you add in the fact that he’ll be playing with the very promising Macklin Celebrini (one of the top prospects for the upcoming draft) as well as Kent Hughes’ son (and Jeff Gorton’s son, who may not be on the same level as the other two, though), you know he’ll have plenty of resources around him to put up points.
Today we’re welcoming Macklin Celebrini to our program! Macklin joins us after becoming the first player in USHL history to win Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Forward of the Year in the same season. pic.twitter.com/Ly6xTEhoWw
– BU Men’s Hockey (@TerrierHockey) August 8, 2023
If Hutson really does manage to score 60 points in the NCAA this year, he’ll continue to solidify his place as a top NHL prospect. He’ll need to improve his defensive game, sure, but a point haul like that would be far too historic to ignore.
And frankly, I really believe he can do it. He’s got the talent, and with a little luck, he just might pull it off.
– A touching moment at the Centre Vidéotron.
– Mikaël Lalancette (@MikLalancette) August 10, 2023
– I would never bet against McDavid.
Which draft class’ starting lineup is better in their prime?
– Big Head Hockey (@BigHeadHcky) August 10, 2023
– Attention tennis fans.
– TVA Sports (@TVASports) August 10, 2023