Tuesday, August 01, 2023

Commitment Day; Hutson plays Houdini

The Guelph Storm select Jack Murtagh 174th Overall – Guelph Storm

BU received a commitment for 2025 from NTDP U17 power forward Jack Murtagh. The 6'0" 180 lb., left shot from East Greenbush, N.Y., spent the past two seasons with prep powerhouse Bishop Kearney Selects. Last season with BK 15U, he scored 101 points (52G,49A), including a 6-6-12 line in eight NE Pack games.

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At last Spring's 15U Nationals, Murtagh led BK with six points in four games. The previous season, with the 13U team, he tallied 67 goals and added 46 assists in 73 games.

World Hockey Hub reported: 

Has incredible vision to see plays unfold and find open ice once he dishes the puck off to a teammate. His ability to carry the puck through the neutral zone is an integral part of Bishop Kearney’s offensive strategy. 

Along with his 4.5-Star ranking from PuckPreps, he's rated the #2 2007 prospect from New York by evaluator Carl Delucia.

Murtagh's older brother Michael, an incoming freshman at UConn, was recruited by Joe Pereira when he was associate head coach of the Huskies. 

Murtagh is BU's second 2007 recruit and second from the next NTDP U17 team. Last month, highly-regarded forward Conrad Fondrk gave the Terrier coaches his verbal.

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World Junior Summer Showcase

Lane Hutson had three points (G,2A) in Team USA White's 10-1 torching of Sweden in the World Junior Summer Showcase in Plymouth, Michigan. But it was the All-American defenseman's second period tally that lit up the internet with amazement and praise.

FloHockey.tv’s Chris Peters wrote: 

Lane Hutson, D (Montreal Canadiens): Hutson had a goal and two assists, but the goal was something else. He froze two defensemen while he was behind Sweden’s net. Instead of passing, he took what was given to him, popped to the front and put the puck in. When the puck is on his stick, special things happen. He was good in transition, made some great passes that led to goals and showed why he is likely to be USA’s No. 1 defenseman at the World Juniors.

And, a longer look at the goal:

Hutson also had primary assists on William Whitelaw’s first-period goal and on Frank Nazar’s third goal in the third period. The victory evened USA White's record at 1-1. On Wednesday, USA White will face USA Blue, which defeated Finland 4-1 yesterday.

DailyFaceoff's Steven Ellis summed up Hutson's performance:

  • #20 Lane Hutson, D (Montreal Canadiens): What else is there to say about Hutson that hasn’t been said already? The kid’s incredible. He played on the penalty kill, he played on the power play and excelled at 5-on-5. He scored one of the nicest goals he has ever scored. He grabbed an assist on William Whitelaw’s goal that made it 2-0. But that goal he scored himself… dang.

● USA Hockey recap and box score

● FloHockey.tv WJSS recap and analysis

USHL Prospecting WJSS recap and videos

Detroit Hockey News Hutson's Magical Goal

Looking ahead

2024 or 2025 recruit Will Zellers scored his second goal of the tournament in the Team USA 7-2 loss to Czechia at the Hlinka-Gretzky Cup tournament. 

USA Hockey recap

USHL Prospecting recap and videos

In todays' 6-1 U.S. win against Sweden, Zeller picked up his third tally of the tournament while John McNelis collected an assist.

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