Fantasy Summary

Cole Hutson is an offensive defenseman with elite creativity, deception, and handling skill, but his defensive game needs an overhaul for him to not project as a liability in his own zone at the NHL level.


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November 2023 – Cole Hutson has been the most dichotomized prospect in our viewings so far this year. Offensively, he flashes brilliant skill, combined with advanced anticipation, creativity, deception, and processing speed. On the other hand, his defensive play has turned a fair few hairs on our heads gray already. His loose gap control, very inconsistent defensive scanning both against the rush and the cycle, and perception of secondary scoring threats have all plagued our early viewings and contributed to his fall outside our top 20, despite the elite skill in a class lacking just that. Hutson loves having the puck on his stick and is upstaged only by James Hagens among USNDTP puck carriers this year. His on-puck toolkit is even more dynamic and refined than Lane’s was in his draft year, featuring far more fluidity in his skating, a significantly higher top speed, and the offensive aggression that his brother only fully leaned into when he hit the NCAA. Hutson could easily rocket up our board with increased consistency in his play and a bit of polishing on his defensive game as the season progresses, but for now, he falls at 24. Sebastian High (November Rankings: 24th Overall)

Fantasy Upside 9.0
NHL Certainty 6.0
Country USA
Position D
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth June 28, 2006
Height 5‘10”
Weight 159 lbs
Drafted No


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Chicago Jr. Blackhawks Brick Invitational6 1 45 0|        
 2015-2016 Chicago Jr. Blackhawks Brick Invitational6 0 33 2|        
 2017-2018 Pro Hockey Selects U12WSI U128 3 36 -|        
 2018-2019 Detroit Honeybaked QC Int PW2 2 02 0|        
 2019-2020 North Jersey Avalanche 14U AAAAYHL 14U25 4 59 16|        
 2020-2021 North Jersey Avalanche 14U AAAAYHL 14U16 8 2129 4|        
  Draftday Selects U15 WSI U159 0 33 -|        
 2021-2022 Team Royal USA-S154 0 11 0|        
  North Jersey Avalanche 16U AAAAYHL 16U24 20 4262 38|        
 2022-2023 U.S. National U17 TeamNTDP42 8 3442 45|        
  U.S. National U18 TeamNTDP19 2 2426 27|        
  USNTDP JuniorsUSHL32 4 2125 52|        
  USA U17WHC-177 0 99 4|        
  USA U18WJC-187 1 1112 8|        
 2023-2024 U.S. National U18 TeamNTDP22 6 1521 26|        
  USNTDP JuniorsUSHL9 1 45 8|        
 2024-2025 Boston Univ.NCAA- - -- -|