Monday, August 01, 2022

Brother act: Cole Hutson commits UPDATED


Terriers claimed their third high-end ’06 commit of the day when Cole Hutson elected to follow brothers Quinn Hutson and Lane Hutson to Commonwealth Avenue, joining new recruits Kamil Bednarik and Owen Keefe. A smaller, left-shot defenseman like Lane, Cole earned a spot on the 2022-23 NTDP U17s with a strong performance at last Spring’s evaluation camp.

Following another family tradition, he skated for the North Jersey Avalanche 16U AAA last season, leading the team in goals, assists and scoring with a 20-42-62 scoring line in just 24 games. His assists and points totals were tops among all AYHL defensemen and he broke Adam Fox’s record for points by a blueliner. Previously, he played for the Avs’ 14U team and in the World Selects Invitational 15U in 2021-22.

Like Bednarik who will join Hutson on the U17s, Cole was included in NeutralZone’s list of 14 top ’06 prospects:

NZ Scouts: “Hutson is a quick, agile, crafty, high IQ, puck-moving defenseman out of NJ Avalanche. He is only 5’6” and 132 lbs at this point so he struggled in his net-front defense and against bigger opponents below the dots but his gaps are tight, he’s quick to close and has strong anticipation skills to pick off passes in the neutral zone and around his net front.”

Cole was coached on the Avs by his father, Rob Hutson, who was a four-year NCAA forward at Univ. of Illinois-Chicago Circle in the 1990s, producing 114 points.

● Elite Prospects page

● Prospects by Sports Illustrated profile


NeutralZone's free wrap-up of Day 1 of '06 commitments, includes this profile of defenseman Owen Keefe:

NZ Scouts: “Keefe is a strong, highly athletic, two-way defenseman out of Malden Catholic in Massachusetts HS. After a strong season he was invited to NTDP Evaluation Camp where he played well enough to make the team and soon after tendered with Muskegon Lumberjacks in the USHL. His mobility, smooth pivots and transitions and lateral movements made him a difficult defender to get around, not to mention his size, strength and edge control. He was physical in the corners and in front of his net and brought some jam to his game that we liked and was competitive, working hard to win puck battles and then break it out. Keefe has a firm first pass and can snap it off with ease and also possesses a heavy shot from the point including a powerful one-timer. Owen makes some difficult plays look easy which is the sign of a great player such as carrying the puck backwards away from pressure in the neutral zone and when the lane opens snapping a pass up the middle on the tape despite his momentum taking him the opposite direction.”


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