Montreal Canadiens defensive prospect Lane Hutson and several NHL team logos
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Canadiens Expert Believes the Team Should Trade Lane Hutson for an Offensive Forward

Published March 24, 2024 at 10:46

During a recent appearance on BPM Sports, the colorful Simon "Snake" Boisvert made a bold statement that has been widely discussed and criticized on social media.

He raised the point that now would be the opportune time to trade the young and very promising Lane Hutson, as he is on the verge of making his professional debut.

"In my opinion, the offers would be higher today than they will ever be in the rest of his career." – Simon Boisvert

He candidly mentioned that he wouldn't be afraid if Hutson became an Adam Fox with another team in the NHL. Wow!

These comments have fueled debate, and I must say I completely disagree with the idea of trading him.

Among the Canadiens' prospect pool, even though it is defensively stocked with promising elements, there is no other defenseman with Hutson's elite potential and offensive skill.

He is a future power-play quarterback and could certainly have a significant long-term impact in the NHL. Without claiming that he will surely become a star player like Adam Fox, who is a comparable in playing style to the Canadiens' second-round pick in 2022, I am confident that he will be a key player for the club for a long time.

By many accounts, he had the highest raw potential of his draft class. Unfortunately, or fortunately for the Canadiens, his size caused him to drop to the 62nd pick.

However, over the past two years, he has grown two inches and added about fifteen pounds to his frame.

At 5 feet 10 inches, if he can reach 175 pounds soon, he could definitely hold his own defensively, even if he will never be a pillar in that aspect of the game, like Quinn Hughes and Fox aren't either.

Moreover, last year, he participated in the Senior World Championship with NHL players, where he performed very well at 19 years old, with a performance of two goals and six points in nine games.

In my opinion, Hutson is untouchable for the Canadiens. I would rather take the risk of it not working out here than to see him become a star defenseman elsewhere.

In his second season in the NCAA, Hutson has accumulated 13 goals and 46 points in 35 games. He also concluded the previous season with a record of 15 goals and 48 points in 39 games, breaking several records along the way.

March 24   |   219 answers
Canadiens Expert Believes the Team Should Trade Lane Hutson for an Offensive Forward

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