Lane Hutson joins Danny Briere in the Canadiens history books

Aaron Itovitch
April 13, 2024  (4:05 PM)

Montreal Canadiens defenseman Lane Hutson and Philadelphia Flyers general manager Danny Briere
Photo credit: Markerzone

As you may know, the Montreal Canadiens finally announced the signing of Lane Hutson yesterday afternoon, making him one of the most promising prospects in the entire organization.

Just a few hours after this news was made official, the team posted an official statement via their Twitter account. To the surprise of some fans, the young prospect for the CH has changed his plans, deciding to wear number 48 with the Tricolore, instead of the famous number 20 he wore during his two seasons in the NCAA.
However, it's really pleasing to see things moving forward. In just a few days, we will have the opportunity to see Lane Hutson play his first game in the NHL, wearing the Bleu-Blanc-Rouge jersey.
It's worth noting that the 20-year-old defenseman will be only the sixth player in the organization's history to wear this number. He will thus become the successor to Daniel Brière, who proudly wore number 48 with the Canadiens during the 2013-2014 campaign.
"Lane Hutson will be the 6th player in Habs history to wear number 48.

Daigneault 1990-96
Groleau 1996-98
Guren 1999-2000
Wyman 2010
Brière 2014" - Étienne Ferland

Selected 62nd overall in the 2022 draft, Lane Hutson has dazzled many scouts with his exceptional performances in American college ranks. Indeed, he quickly dispelled any doubts from observers, demonstrating that his small stature would not affect his offensive output in any way.
In his rookie season, he quickly established himself as the best offensive defenseman in the league, scoring 15 goals and 33 assists (48 points) in 39 games with Boston University. Moreover, Lane Hutson proved his dominance again this year by accumulating an incredible total of 49 points in 38 games.
For a young player of his age, recording such statistics is truly impressive. After all, the Canadiens' prospect finished his college career with a total of 97 points, surpassing many NHL stars during their time in the NCAA, such as Cale Makar (70), Adam Fox (68), and Quinn Hughes (62).
While this isn't a guarantee of success in the NHL, it's certainly very promising!
Note that the defenseman will not be with the Canadiens for tonight's matchup against the Ottawa Senators, as he is expected to join the team in Detroit tomorrow night. Everything suggests that he will be able to join Martin St-Louis' lineup for the last two games of the season against the Red Wings.
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