Lane Hutson: CH's massive home run attempt at the end of the second round

Lane Hutson: CH’s massive home run attempt at the end of the second round

When the Canadian took the floor at the start of the second round this morning with the 33rd pick in the draft, several pundits saw small defenseman Lane Hutson as one of the best hopes available. However, the CH opted instead for Owen Beck, who is not a bad player either.

However, when the team resumed the court in 62nd place, Hutson was still there, and this time, it was the Montrealers’ choice.

But why am I telling you about Hutson instead of another hope drafted by the CH in the last 24 hours? It’s pretty simple: In my opinion, he has a real shot at being one of the biggest steals in this draft.

Before you spill your nerve by reading that last sentence, let me explain.

When you look at what the young defender is capable of offering on the ice, it’s hard not to be immediately seduced by his offensive abilities. Focusing on this alone, you can compare him to defenders like Quinn Hughes and Adam Fox, a boy he admits to being inspired by.

I know this comparison is huge, but check out this video to get an idea. It won’t do this in every game, but having it in your toolbox is awesome.

But if he has so much offensive talent, what accounts for the fact that he was drafted so late? The answer is very simple: his small stature.

Lane Hutson is 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs just 159 pounds. Clearly, we’re talking about a guy here who isn’t the size of a Zdeno Chara and obviously that’s a cause for concern for teams.

However, as we have seen in Montreal in the last decade, the small players they can make the transition to the NHL. Brendan Gallagher is a good example, as is Cole Caufield more recently. It’s an adjustment for the players, sure, but it’s possible.

And at the end of the second round, it’s a bet very interesting that the CH took. If Hutson had been just a few inches taller, he definitely would have been a first-round pick and maybe even a pick. top 15.

With Hutson, the Canadian is betting he can make up for his small size with an offensive game worthy of the best young offensive defenders. After all, Huston scored more points on the American development schedule than Fox and Hughes (and did so in fewer games).

I’m not saying CH’s young defender will become an elite defender like Fox and Hughes. The reality is that the chances of such a scenario happening are pretty slim. However, considering he was drafted 62nd overall, Hutson is a bet I love for CH.

on a stage optimum (and I insist, it would be in the better worlds), I see Hutson becoming a player to the Torey Krug (another guy he’s inspired by).

He’s not going to be a No. 1 defender like Fox and Hughes, but if he’s able to be a good second-par offensive defender and be a quarterback on the power play, it’s going to be a win over the entire line for the Habs, who just needed use a late second-round pick to acquire it.

In short, I have very I can’t wait to see what Hutson can do in the next few years, but there’s clearly room for optimism in his case. And if so, he will be one more player who will make other teams regret looking only at his size instead of the many qualities of his game.

A lot of

– The Jeff Petry case remains to be seen.

– Logic.

– In fact?

– Kent Hughes’s son was also drafted today.

– 19 QMJHL players were drafted this year.


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