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Canadiens Prospect Watch: Lane Hutson Is In Elite Company

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Lane Hutson

When Lane Hutson maintained a point-per-game pace through the first few games of the season it was certainly a sign the Canadiens prospect had a significant amount of untapped offensive potential.

Seeing as Hutson is just 18 years old, most people wanted to wait for a bigger sample size before celebrating. After all, Hutson is a defenceman.

But now that Boston University has played almost a third of their schedule, it’s the perfect time to check Hutson’s production rate once again to see if he’s still outproducing other excellent defenders that played in the NCAA at 18 years old.

The verdict is in.

With four goals and eight assists in 11 games, Hutson is still outscoring players like Cale Makar and Luke Hughes.

And he’s doing it by a significant margin.

Lane Hutson scoring pace

 

Hutson was held off the scoresheet in his first game this weekend, but rallied on Saturday night, setting up the game-tying goal for the Terriers, in addition to the game-winning goal in overtime.

The overtime winner was Hutson’s second game-winning goal of the season, which matches Jake Sanderson’s entire goal production from his freshman season.

Things can change, and a downtick in scoring wouldn’t be shocking, but as it stands, Hutson is easily among the most exciting prospects in the organization, and perhaps even in recent team history.

Riley Kidney

Kidney hit the ground running this season in the QMJHL and hasn’t looked back since.

He enjoyed a multi-point game in all three of the Acadie Bathurst Titan’s matchups since we last checked up on him, pushing his season totals to 12 goals and 22 assists in just 21 games.

With 34 points, Kidney is leading the team in scoring by 12 points over his closest competition and is currently on pace for a 37-goal, 69-assist, 106-point season.

His production rate is even more impressive when you consider the Titans are not exactly among the best teams in the league with an 8-11-2-1. As it stands, he’s participated in over 44 percent of his team’s scoring plays this season.

Kidney will likely feature for Team Canada at the World Junior Championship and should play a much more prominent role than he did last year.

With that in mind, we reached out to the talented Canadiens prospect to discuss his development. Keep an eye out for an interview with Kidney on Montreal Hockey Now this Sunday at 2 PM EST.

Cedrick Guindon

As a fourth-round pick, expectations were a little lower when it came to Guindon’s Draft +1 season.

The 18-year-old is playing with Owen Sound, one of the best teams in the OHL, and that certainly helps any young player when it comes to finding their scoring rhythm, but regardless of the strength of his club, Guindon’s production has been quite impressive.

He’s only been held scoreless in four of Owen Sound’s 20 games while managing 10-multi point games.

A young, talented player earning multiple points in half his team’s games is impossible to ignore, especially since he’s factored into over 40 percent of the team’s goals this season.

Guindon’s current scoring pace of 31 goals and 65 assists in 68 games would eclipse his Draft year by over 33 percent, firmly placing him in the ‘potential mid-rounds steal’ category alongside players like Sean Farrell and Joshua Roy.

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