NHL Prospects

The USHL's most improved players and how they did it

After dropping the CHL’s most improved prospect piece earlier, it’s time to look at the USHL’s most improved. 

To counteract the USHL sliding skill of development, we’re including first-year NCAA players who made the jump. 

This was a particularly strong group, with several exciting NHL picks returning to the USHL and a handful becoming more impactful players while stepping into the NCAA. 

Here are the biggest improvers and most interesting case studies.


Lane Hutson, D, Boston University (Montreal Canadiens)

Areas of Improvement: Everything

Even after a mid-season article and video, I still have more to say about Lane Hutson’s incredible season. He’s showing even more creativity, patience, and deception than before. 

By the numbers, he’s setting up scoring chances at a significantly higher ra

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