Ben Hutton
Ben Hutton
27-Year-Old DefensemanD
Los Angeles Kings
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Hutton played 69 games for the Canucks in 2018-19, recording five goals and 20 points, but the 26-year-old finished with an awful minus-23 rating. Hedid not receive a qualifying offer from the Canucks at season's end, and as a result, became an unrestricted free agent. Hutton landed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with LA in September, and will slot in as a bottom-four defender for the Kings in 2019-20, but his lackluster offensive upside and defensive shortcomings will keep him off the fantasy radar in most formats. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Kings in September of 2019.
Production in L.A. as expected
DLos Angeles Kings
May 15, 2020
Hutton managed 16 points in 65 games prior to the league's suspension of play in mid-March.
ANALYSIS
The fifth-year NHLer's first year in Los Angeles has looked mostly the same offensively, as Hutton landed between 19-25 points in three of his four seasons with Vancouver. He doesn't chip in anything extraordinary in the peripheral categories, either, so fantasy owners can continue to bypass the 27-year-old for their virtual squads.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    18:16
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:08
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:25
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2017–18
18:25
0:58
1:36
2018–19
22:21
1:51
2:18
2019–20
18:16
0:08
1:25
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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After a promising two-year start to his NHL career, Hutton took a big leap backwards last season, scoring just six assists in 61 games and sitting out as a healthy scratch due to his poor play. His career plus-minus is now at minus-52, and he was getting beat one-on-one and caught out of position on a nightly basis despite his evident skill. He has a long way to go to re-establish himself as an NHL player and will be fighting for a roster spot at training camp. Hutton doesn't appear to have a standout skill, which unfortunately relegates him to being a depth player who provides little fantasy value.
Hutton put together another modestly productive campaign in 2016-17, notching a career-high five goals and 19 points. He’s posted a disastrous plus-minus in each of his first two full NHL seasons, but it’s hard to be critical, given the team’s overall struggles. Hutton excels at rushing the puck up ice and jumping into the play, making him an appealing fantasy blueliner. However, the Canucks didn't make too many changes this offseason, so it’s hard to see Hutton taking a major step forward; still, he should continue to progress. The addition of Michael Del Zotto and growth of Troy Stecher could jeopardize his power-play time, but Hutton possesses enough offensive talent and awareness to produce in any situation. Although Vancouver’s going through a tough period right now, Hutton has emerged as a fan favorite and is sure to deliver another solid campaign on the back end.
Hutton broke onto the scene in 2015-16, putting up 25 points in a 75-game rookie season. While he only scored once, he averaged a solid 19:52 of ice time and became a steady presence on the power play. There is a youth movement occurring in Vancouver and Hutton is right in the middle of it. He’ll likely be paired up with newcomer Erik Gudbranson, who is a defensive-minded rearguard, leaving Hutton the opportunity to take more offensive risks. The 23-year-old is a young and energetic up-and-coming blueliner who should take another step forward in 2016-17. If he can maintain his role as the power-play quarterback on the top unit with the Sedin twins and newcomer Loui Eriksson, Hutton could be one to watch in 2016-17.
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Helpers in three straight games
DLos Angeles Kings
March 11, 2020
Hutton collected an assist and three shots on goal in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Senators.
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Offers assist in win
DLos Angeles Kings
March 9, 2020
Hutton contributed an assist, four shots on goal and three blocked shots in Monday's 3-1 win over the Avalanche.
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Distributes pair of helpers
DLos Angeles Kings
March 1, 2020
Hutton notched two assists, three hits and two blocked shots in Sunday's 4-1 win over the Golden Knights.
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Quiet return
DLos Angeles Kings
February 26, 2020
Hutton (illness) put a shot on goal, dished a hit and went plus-1 in 18:40 during Wednesday's 2-1 win over the Penguins.
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Good to go
DLos Angeles Kings
February 26, 2020
Hutton (illness) is in the projected lineup for Wednesday's game against the Penguins, NHL.com's Dan Greenspan reports.
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