Cole Hutson is a Unique Option for the San Jose Sharks in the NHL Draft

Feb 7, 2024; Plymouth, MI, USA; USA s Cole Hutson (23) skates up ice with the puck against Finland during the third period of the 2024 U18 s Five Nations Tournament at USA Hockey Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Reginek-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 7, 2024; Plymouth, MI, USA; USA s Cole Hutson (23) skates up ice with the puck against Finland during the third period of the 2024 U18 s Five Nations Tournament at USA Hockey Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Reginek-USA TODAY Sports / David Reginek-USA TODAY Sports
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We're getting ever closer to the NHL entry draft when the San Jose Sharks will walk away with Macklin Celebrini regardless of what happens, but the 14th overall pick is still open. San Jose's prospect pool will probably be strengthened by the best player available at the time, as opposed to drafting by need. But there is one prospect that is jumping out at me. That is a name some prospect gurus will recognize. Cole Hutson.

Cole Hutson is the brother of Montreal Canadiens prospect Lane Hutson, and he will be attending the college his brother just left in Boston University. Cole Hutson's stock might be a little bit of nepotism, riding on the back of his brother, but that doesn't mean there isn't incredible potential in this player. Knowing his potential will inspire someone to take the risk on the undersized defenseman.

At 5'10, 160 lbs, Hutson is a smaller player. Knowing that the size of the defenseman leaves a lot to be desired, there is a risk that the Sharks could be put off the defenseman, but there is so much talent in such an undersized player. In the United States National Team Developmental Programme, Hutson recorded three goals and nine assists for twelve points in nineteen games. With the junior US team, he had 15 goals and 36 assists for 51 points in 51 games. A point-a-game defenseman is incredibly impressive.

Many experts have Hutson going in the late first round or even the early second. His size for a defenseman is putting many people off, but Lane Hutson was a second-round pick, and he has become one of the best defensive prospects in hockey. Taking a gamble on a Hutson is never a bad idea, and this option will be available for the Sharks for most of this upcoming first round if they want to use it.