Christopher Ralph is a hockey writer with a focus on prospects and the entry draft, as well as the Leafs’ correspondent here at THW.
“Full Potential” Prospect Profile:
58. Alex Hutchings
One-Timer: ISS states: “Hutchings finished 3rd in voting for Best Skater in OHL Eastern Conference Coaches Poll. Displays good puck skills in the offensive zone – knows when to hold on to it and when to pass to others in better position. Lack of strength is evident during 1 on 1 battles against bigger defenders. Has speed and skill required to take puck wide and beat defender off the rush. He has improved his offence totals in each of his 3 seasons in the OHL. During some games he is very quiet, then all of the sudden turn it on and become a real force.”NHL.com notes: “In 2008-09, Hutchings led his team with 34 goals, 68 points and a plus-27 rating in his third season in the Ontario Hockey League – he was selected to the Eastern Conference All-Star team for the second consecutive year for his efforts.”
NHL Player(s) Comparison: Brian Gionta
Scouting Combine Performance: n/a
International Tournaments: n/a
ETA = 3 years
Risk-Reward Analysis: Risk = 3/5 Reward = 3.5-4/5
NHL Potential: Two-way forward
Fantasy Hockey Potential: Offensive = 8/10 Defensive = 7/10
- ISS: 61
- CSB: 44-NA
- TSN: 58
- THN: 48
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