Ben Hutton
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Ben Hutton

Hometown:

Prescott Ontario

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1993-04-20

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2012

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

5th round (147th overall), 2012

Weight:

183 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2009-10: Ben Hutton skated in 60 games for the Kemptville 73's in the junior A Central Canada Hockey League. Skating primarily as a left wing, he was the fifth-leading scorer for Kemptville, finishing with 16 goals and 18 assists,  and he had 6 penalty minutes. Kemptville finished third in the Robinson Division. Hutton was scoreless with 2 penalty minutes in the four game playoff series with Brockville. He was selected by Kingston in the fifth round (100th overall) of the 2010 OHL Priority Draft.

2010-11: Shifting to defense for Kemptville in his second season, Hutton was an assistant captain and the team's leading scorer. He scored 8 goals with 27 assists in 61 games and had 28 penalty minutes. Fourteen of his 35 points came on the power play, including 12 assists. The 73's finished tenth in the re-aligned 12-team CCHL and did not make the playoffs.

2011-12: Hutton served as captain for the CCHL-champion Nepean Raiders after being obtained in a mid-season trade with the Kemptville 73s. He represented Canada East in the 2011 World Junior A Challenge and in November he committed to playing college hockey at the University of Maine in 2012-13. In 35 games with Kemptville prior to the trade he scored 7 goals with 20 assists and had 25 penalty minutes. He scored 4 goals with 12 assists and had 6 penalty minutes in 22 regular season games with Nepean. Hutton scored 5 goals with 8 assists and had 6 penalty minutes in 18 playoff games. He scored the game-winner in overtime in Game 6 of the final series with Cornwall with the Raiders down three games to two. In five games at the Fred Page Cup for the eastern Canada junior A championship Hutton had 5 assists. Nepean lost to Woodstock in the championship game. In four games for runner-up Canada East at the WJAC he scored 1 goal with 2 assists and had 2 penalty minutes. Ranked 200th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting's final rankings in his second year of draft eligibility, he was selected by Vancouver in the fifth round (147th overall).

2012-13: Hutton skated in 34 games for Maine as a freshman and was the Black Bears' third-leading scorer behind forwards Devin Shore (Dallas) and Joe Diamond (Islanders). Paired with senior Mike Cornell and a key part of Maine's power play, he scored 4 goals with 11 assists and was +2 with 18 penalty minutes. The Black Bears struggled for much of the season, finishing eighth in Hockey East, and were swept by regular season champion Massachusetts-Lowell in the playoff quarterfinals.

 

Talent Analysis

He has the advantage of being a forward turned defenseman, and thereby understands how players will attack in his zone. Has good size, and can cover a lot of ice effectively. Finds ways to be involved in the play, and knows when to capitalize on a chance to counter-attack.

 

Future

Hutton will return to the University of Maine, where he will play his sophomore year in the NCAA (Hockey East). Hutton will not shy away from physical play, but is known first and foremost as a puck-moving defenseman. He will be counted on by the Black Bears again to help kick-start the offense, as he led the teams defense in scoring at nearly half a point per game. Has good size and an ability to anticipate well.

 

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