Birthdate: Apr 20, 1993
From: Prescott, ONT; Canada
Height: 6' 2"
Ben Hutton wasn’t glued to the draft, holding his breath, hoping to be picked in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Instead, he was out on a lake fishing with some buddies.
Just after he caught his first bass of the day Saturday, the Canucks made the junior “A” player their fifth-round pick (147th overall).
“My parents are overwhelmed, and I’m just thrilled,” Hutton said from his boat. “I didn’t want to watch the draft and get my hopes up.”
Hutton was passed over in the 2011 NHL draft but debuted this year on the Central Scouting rankings at No. 200 overall. He’s got size, at 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds. But it’s the defenceman’s playmaking that he wanted to talk about.
“I like to use my body when I have to but you would call me a puck-moving defenceman,” said Hutton, who had 11 goals and 32 assists in 57 games split between Kemptville and the Nepean Raiders of the Central Canadian Hockey League.
“I thought I had a very good year when it came to producing offence.”
Hutton will be going to the University of Maine this fall.
Edited by Samk, 23 June 2012 - 08:12 PM.