Canucks Sign Hutton To Two-Year Contract Extension

GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 23: Ben Hutton #27 of the Vancouver Canucks braces himself as Jordan Martinook #48 of the Arizona Coyotes re-directs the puck during the first period at Gila River Arena on November 23, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ – NOVEMBER 23: Ben Hutton #27 of the Vancouver Canucks braces himself as Jordan Martinook #48 of the Arizona Coyotes re-directs the puck during the first period at Gila River Arena on November 23, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)

andrewchernoff By Andrew Chernoff

November 24, 2016

Vancouver, B.C. – Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has signed defenceman Ben Hutton to a two-year contract extension worth an average annual value of $2.8 million.

“Ben is developing into one of our young, emerging core players and is an important part of our future,” said General Manager Jim Benning. “We’re excited to see him further elevate his game and help this team compete for years to come.”

GM Jim Benning talks about Hutton contract: length, value, and the future of Canucks blueline:

“It’s a dream come true to play in this league and to be part of this team. The Canucks wanting me for another two years is great.”, said Hutton.

“It’s exciting news. Ben has been a nice surprise since he got here. He’s a great young player and he’s playing real well”, coach Willie Desjardins said of the young defenseman.

Hutton, 23, has registered four points (2-2-4) in 20 games with Vancouver this season where he currently leads defencemen in goals and shares the blueline lead in points. In his debut NHL season in 2015.16, Hutton appeared in 75 games recording 25 points (1-24-25) to lead all Canucks defencemen in scoring en route to capturing the Walter (Babe) Pratt Best Defenceman Award. He also finished sixth among NHL rookies in ice time (19:52 TOI/GP) and tied for seventh in rookie assists.

Prior to making his professional debut with Utica in 2015 (1-0-1 in 4 games), Hutton spent three seasons with the University of Maine. In 108 career NCAA games, Hutton registered 65 points (28-37-65) and logged 40 penalty minutes.

On the international stage, the 6-3, 207-pound defenceman represented Canada at the 2016 World Championships, helping his country capture gold.

A native of Prescott, Ontario, Hutton was selected by Vancouver in the fifth round, 147th overall, at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

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