It appears to be a bit of a loose timeline with Desjardins saying that he expects Hutton to be gone “something around two weeks.”
Hutton has already missed two games after suffering an undisclosed injury in Wednesday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets.
The 20-year-old rookie defender has eight assists through 20 games this season, which ranks second in points among team defenseman.
He also ranks third on the team’s blueline with a 1.04% score-adjusted CF%Rel while getting the third most favorable zone starts relative to the team’s other defensemen.
Fortunately for the team, both Luca Sbisa and Dan Hamuis are back from injury and they’re able to carry Taylor Fedun as a seventh defender. Sbisa and Fedun may be poor replacements for Hutton’s solid play this season, but they’re at least known quantities and NHL defensemen.
Didn’t catch it at time but #Canucks coach Willie Desjardins said this morning injured D Ben Hutton will be out "something around two weeks”
— Kevin Woodley (@KevinisInGoal) November 22, 2015
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Dustin Nelson is the News Editor for The Hockey Writers. He’s a contributor to Hockey Prospectus, Hockey Wilderness, and writes a column for Rotowire. He’s also written for Gone Puck Wild, Wild Xtra, InDigest, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, Tiny Mix Tapes, Prefix Magazine & other publications. Have a tip? Email him at dlukenelson[at]gmail[dot]com.