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Lane Hutson's Brother Makes a Major Statement: Can Kent Hughes Bring Another Hutson to the Organization?

Published December 17, 2023 at 12:10

The Montreal Canadiens made a significant move by selecting young Lane Hutson at the 62nd overall pick in the 2022 NHL Draft. Despite his smaller stature at 5 feet 8 inches during the draft, experts believed he could have been a top-10 pick if he had been just a couple of inches taller. Now, a year and a half later, Hutson has reportedly grown those crucial two inches, according to the American team's roster for the 2024 World Junior Championship.

Lane's slide in the draft deeply affected the Hutson family. In an interview with Nicolas Cloutier from TVA Sports, Lane's younger brother, Cole, shared some revealing thoughts.

"For the whole family, it's become personal. He deserved to be picked much earlier. I hope to avenge what happened to him. My goal is to be drafted in the first round."

Cole Hutson, Lane's talented younger brother, is eligible for the upcoming NHL draft. Like Lane, Cole has been impressive with the U.S. National Team Development Program this season, accumulating six goals and 23 points in 25 games. At 17 years old, Cole already stands at 5 feet 10 inches and could grow further in the coming months. Born in late June, he is one of the younger prospects in his draft class, with a promising development trajectory.

Cole confidently states that his playing style is very similar to Lane's.

"Every team would want Lane now, after overlooking him. And I'm the player most like him. I don't think scouts want to miss out on a player like Lane again. He's a game-changer."

Interestingly, Cole mentioned that the Canadiens have had discussions with him on several occasions, indicating Montreal's interest in possibly selecting another Hutson in the draft.

Mid-season evaluations place Cole between the 20th and 27th overall picks, making him a potential high-value pick towards the end of the first round. While the Canadiens currently don't have a second first-round pick, this could change at the trade deadline if GM Kent Hughes decides to trade players like Sean Monahan or David Savard.

If the Canadiens manage to draft both talented Hutson brothers, it would be an extraordinary outcome for the organization.

December 17   |   291 answers
Lane Hutson's Brother Makes a Major Statement: Can Kent Hughes Bring Another Hutson to the Organization?

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