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Lane Hutson: the attempt of a huge home run from CH 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 choice of the draft, several experts then saw the small defender Lane Hutson as being one of the best hopes available. However, the CH instead opted for Owen Beck, who is not a bad player either.

However, when the team resumed the floor in 62nd place, Hutson was still there, and this time, he was the choice of the Montrealers.

But why am I talking to you about Hutson rather than another hope drafted by the CH in the last 24 hours? It’s quite simple: in my opinion, he has a real chance of being one of the biggest steals in this draft.

Before you spill your gall on 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 skills. Focusing on just this, you can compare him to defenders like Quinn Hughes and Adam Fox, a guy he admits to drawing inspiration from.

I know this comparison is huge, but watch this footage to give you an idea. He won’t do this every game, but just having it in his toolbox is impressive.

But if he is so gifted offensively, what explains the fact that he was drafted so late? The answer is very simple: his small stature.

Lane Hutson is 5ft 8in and weighs just 159lbs. Clearly, we are talking here about a guy who does not have the size of a Zdeno Chara, and obviously, that has cause for concern for the teams.

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

And at the end of the second round, it’s a bet very interesting that took the CH. If Hutson had only been 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 that he will be able to compensate for his small size with an offensive game worthy of the best young offensive defenders. After all, Huston scored more points in the American development program than Fox and Hughes did (and he did it in fewer games).

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

In a scenario optimal (and I insist, it would be in the better worlds), I see Hutson becoming a player a la Torey Krug (another guy he’s inspired by).

He won’t be a #1 defenseman like Fox and Hughes, but if he’s able to be a good second pair offensive defenseman and be a quarterback on the power play, it’ll be a win over the whole line for the Habs, who only needed to use a late second-round pick to acquire it.

In short, I have very can’t wait to see what Hutson can do in the years to come, but clearly there’s room for optimism in his case. And if so, he will be yet another player who will make other teams regret having only looked at his size rather than the many qualities in his game.

A lot of

– The case of Jeff Petry is still to be watched.

– Logic.

– Really?

– Kent Hughes’ son was also drafted today. By the team for which Marc Bergevin works, moreover.

– 19 QMJHL players were drafted this year.

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