The beauty of the draft is every year it offers renewed hope. Whether it’s for franchises seeking a savior or players looking to take that next step in their careers, it’s a time of positivity. But it can also be time to reflect on the perseverance needed just to put that NHL sweater on for the first time. Florida third-rounder Logan Hutsko knows that better than anyone in the 2018 class.
As a teenager, he played at Shattuck-St. Mary’s prep school, the alma mater of Sidney Crosby and Jonathan Toews. After that, Hutsko earned entry into USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program, where he was hot-housed with the some of the best under-17s and under-18s in the nation. But the path to the NHL is never easy, and for Hutsko, his two years with the NTDP ended up being the most foreboding of...
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Ryan Kennedy is the associate senior writer and draft/prospect expert at The Hockey News. He has been with the publication since 2005 and in that span, Don Cherry, Lil Jon and The Rock have all called his house. He lives in Toronto with his wife and kids where he listens to loud music and collects NCAA pennants.