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New York Islanders: Top 25 Under 25 2019-2020 Edition

TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 29: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders waits for a faceoff against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on December 29, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Islanders defeated the Maple Leafs 4-0.(Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 29: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders waits for a faceoff against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on December 29, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Islanders defeated the Maple Leafs 4-0.(Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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BRIDGEPORT, CT – DECEMBER 19: John Persson #23 of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers heads out to play against the Albany Devils at the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard on December 19, 2012 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
BRIDGEPORT, CT – DECEMBER 19: John Persson #23 of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers heads out to play against the Albany Devils at the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard on December 19, 2012 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Number 18: Grant Hutton (defense) | Age: 24

University of Miami (Ohio): 7G, 14A, 21PTS
Grant Hutton is yet another name in the list of college players that the New York Islanders brought in before the end of the 2018-19 season.

Hutton, just like fellow NCAA free agent Bobo Carpenter captained his Miami University (Ohio), team. In 37 games this season Hutton finished with seven goals and 14 helpers for 21 points.

After signing a max single year entry-level contract with the Islanders ($925,000 NHL cap hit), Hutton jumped in the Bridgeport Sound Tigers team. And boy, it didn’t take him long to make an impact in the AHL.

In his first three games, Hutton didn’t put up a point. But over the next six games, he scored six points. Only once in his last six games did he miss out on the scoresheet.

Nine games is a small sample size, but to be fair NHL GMs have to decide if they’re going to keep rookie in the NHL with nine-game sample sizes. There’s definitely something that can be learned for Hutton’s nine-game AHL stint from last season.

That he was able to get off the ground running with the Sound Tigers is encouraging. I look forward to what the 6’3” 209lbs Hutton can do in the AHL. Bridgeport might have themselves quite a team in 2019-20.

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