NHL draft profile for possible LA Kings target, LHD Lane Hutson

Lane Hutson is a 2022 NHL Draft eligible prospect from Chicago, Illinois. At 5-foot-8 and 159 pounds, he’s an extremely undersized defender, but has a ton of offensive upside and plays fearlessly. He still needs polishing in the defensive zone though. Combined with his size, or lack thereof, he should be a late first-round or early second-round pick.

Hutson has spent the past two seasons with the United States National Team Development Program in Plymouth, Michigan. Previously, he played junior hockey for the North Jersey Avalanche 16U AAA team, serving as an alternate captain, scoring 10 goals and 28 assists for 38 points in just 19 AYHL games.

In his first season with the USNTDP, Hutson had seven goals and 26 assists between the USHL and USDP. He was brought up at the U18 club for 10 games, also adding one goal and seven assists there.

Last season he made significant progress in his game, leading all USDP defensemen with 63 points (10-53=63) and an incredible +59 in 60 games. In USHL play, Hutson added six goals and 26 assists for 32 points and a +27 there.

At the U18 World Juniors, Hutson earned tournament top defenseman honors, registering eight assists and a +12 in just six games. On Monday, he was also named the recipient of the 2022 EJ McGuire Achievement Award, given to nominees who “best exemplify the commitment to excellence through strength of character, competitiveness and athleticism.”

“Lane Hutson is a worthy recipient of the 2022 EJ McGuire Achievement Award after demonstrating all of the qualities recognized by this honor,” said Dan Marr, director of NHL Central Scouting. “Lane, whose season culminated in being named the best defender at the 2022 World Under-18 Championship, plays a dynamic game in which he consistently excels at using his speed, intelligence and skill. As a 5’8″ defender, any description of Lane has always referenced his height. One of his most appealing traits is his ability to use that height to his advantage and dispel any perceived limitations. His passion for the game has earned him the respect of teammates and opponents – a special player who will find his place in an NHL roster and be a positive influence on others along the way.


  • Date of Birth – February 14, 2004
  • Age – 18
  • Place of birth –Chicago, Ill.
  • Draft Eligibility – 2022
  • Height – 5 feet 8 inches
  • lester – 159 pounds
  • Position – Defender
  • shoots – Left


Credit: Elite Prospects


  • Ranked #47 by ELITEPROSPECTS.COM
  • Ranked #27 by FCHOCKEY
  • Ranked #72 by TSN/BOB McKENZIE
  • Ranked #40 by MCKEEN’S HOCKEY
  • Rated #39 by TSN/CRAIG BUTTON
  • Ranked #25 by NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING (NA Skaters)
  • Ranked #44 by RECRUTE SCOUTING
  • Rated #53 by DOBBERPROSPECTS
  • Ranked #29 by SMHT SCOUTING
  • Rated #49 by THE PUCK AUTHORITY

Corey Pronman’s analysis

Hutson is a constant threat with the puck on his stick. He’s the smartest player in the draft. He does so many sewing passes to generate chances. Hutson is also a highly skilled puck handler who shows great creativity off the offensive blue line. He does a lot of fakes and clever tricks to escape the pressure. He’s not the fastest skater, but his edge game is quite good and allows him to use his skating to attack. The offense is clearly NHL quality. Hutson wonders if a defenseman barely 5-foot-9 who isn’t an elite skater can defend in the NHL. He’s a competitive, quality defender against juniors and college opponents, but this will have to be a test he needs to clear the line. I think he plays in the NHL and projects himself into the top four offensive defensemen, but I realize the odds are against a player who looks like him. I dab him this high because he’s the smartest player in the draft and I see just enough for the rest of his game to be able to rise to higher levels.

Scott Wheeler’s analysis

He sees the ice as well as anyone in the draft, regularly identifying plays that are one step ahead of the opposition. He has an incredible talent for executing long plays from east to west, whether it’s making high feathers, leading saucer passes with perfect weight on the ice or throwing a difficult pass on the boards. of a teammate in sequence. He makes a ton of plays under pressure when other players freak out (although sometimes he can actually use a little haste for his game haha). Inside the offensive zone, although his shot lacks power, he acts like a fourth striker with his ability to slide off the line and create.

Smaht Scouting Analysis

Hutson has excellent mobility and that’s to the credit of his crossovers and his cutting edge work. He can generate open space for himself and shake off attackers with his mobility. Good outside edges when he doubled in the neutral zone as he had run into traffic in the neutral zone and looks to double to find an open teammate on the opposite side. Good inside edges to pivot out of pressure along the blue line. Hutson does a good job leaning on his edges as he turns his body to react to puck movement. Relying on his edges allows him to maintain speed and makes him much more likely to generate open ice for himself.

Final word on hockey analysis

Hutson marries his skating skills with exceptional puck handling. He can lead the race through the neutral zone, creating effective zone entries. He also creates an offense off the run with his ability to beat defenders wide and make plays. This forces defenders back and creates passing lanes. Hutson controls the puck extremely well in the zone. He is confident on the blue line and can speed up or slow down play to create offensive chances. His vision and passing abilities are excellent. When a teammate opens up, Hutson can perform a quick sideways move on a defender, combining that with a quick deke in order to open up a passing lane. A highly creative player, Hutson can drive the puck down tight passing lanes or drive the puck over an opponent’s stick.



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Puck battle in own zone

Blocking shots

(All videos courtesy of InStat)

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