MONTREAL – If all the teams really gave themselves the mandate to select the best player available, Lane Hutson probably would not have been more within the reach of the Canadiens when it came time to proceed to 62And Friday’s draft.
Hutson was one of the most electrifying defenders of the 2022 class. He was the quarterback of the American development program, with whom he amassed 63 points in 60 games. He also averaged over one point per game at the U18 World Championship.
It is said to be creative, smart, fast. “If he were just a little closer to 5-11-30-pounds heavier, we could call him the best defender on the project,” concluded independent firm Hockey Prospects in its year-end guide.
But you guessed it, Hutson’s chances of excelling in the National League are hampered by his small structure. The Chicago native is listed at 5 feet-8 and 158 pounds. That’s why, despite all his talent, many doubt his chances of one day making his niche at the highest level.
“I know I can get bigger, stronger and even bigger, said the young American, accustomed to this refrain, after his selection. It is something that will come with age. But whether that’s the case or not, I believe I’ll be able to make my place by playing my way. However, on the ice, everyone is the same size. “
Hutson says he draws inspiration from Torey Krug, who has done a lot in his career to improve the image of short defenders. At 5-foot-9, the veteran was a solid quarterback for the Boston Bruins and the St. Louis Blues. Adam Fox of the New York Rangers is another one that the new CH project loves to deal with.
“One of the keys to my game is my ability to see the next play before the opponent is able to counter it. When I bring the disc, I see several options. And when my first option is no longer valid, I move on to the next. It is important to think fast and keep the other team alert. It’s my mentality. “
Hutson first describes himself as a passerby and would like to develop shooting reflexes to become more unpredictable in the eyes of opposing teams. He will continue his apprenticeship at Boston University, where another Canadian wannabe, forward Luke Tuch, is already evolving.
The intriguing Vinzenz Rohrer
Vinzenz Rohrer probably has the most intriguing personality of all the prospects who paraded on the podium of the Canadiens on Friday. Martin Lapointe did not lie when he compared her charisma and his power of attraction to those, already well documented, of Juraj Slafkovsky.
The 17-year-old Austrian said he developed a bond with the Canadian’s top management when they challenged him to ping pong following their meeting in the Hope-Trials Week in Buffalo.
“I have won five games and have not lost any. This is probably what convinced them! Now I know why I’m here, “laughed the friendly teenager during her media appearance.
Rohrer’s domination with a racket in hand shouldn’t have surprised anyone. His father, Stefan Lochbihler, played on the ATP Tour in the 1980s, at one point reaching 141And world ranking.
Rohrer says he himself has been playing competitively for eleven years. He quit to invest all of his energy in hockey, preferring the idea of pursuing a team sport rather than a potential solo career. But he believes his strength of character today is influenced by his past in the fields.
“In hockey, if you play a bad game, maybe no one, except a scout, will notice. In tennis it is impossible to hide behind others. If you’re not having a good day or going through a tough time mentally, it’s obvious to everyone. It has given me mental strength that helps me in all aspects of my life. “
Rohrer’s career is interesting from another point of view. His childhood neighbor and best friend at Feldkirch is Marco Rossi, a 2020 Minnesota Wild first-round pick.
Rossi crushed the Ontario Junior League by scoring 120 points with the Ottawa 67 before turning pro. When it came time to choose his own path, Rohrer thought the same formula might work for him. He too took over the direction of the Canadian capital. He had 48 points, including 25 goals, across the Ottawa River last season.
“It could be said that it worked well enough for Ottawa to prepare them for the next level. When I was a little younger, I saw him, and while I wanted to do it my way, I told myself that if it was good for him, it might be good for me too. I think the future has proved me right. “