By Joe Pohoryles
The Chicago Blackhawks selected forward Ryan Greene with the 57th overall pick in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft on Friday. The Paradise, Newfoundland native marked the first of three future Terriers selected after no Boston University commits were selected during Thursday’s first round.
The other BU players selected were:
- D Lane Hutson – Montreal Canadiens, Round 2, Pick 62
- F Devin Kaplan – Philadelphia Flyers, Round 3, Pick 69
Greene comes to BU from the USHL’s Green Bay Gamblers, where he posted 19 goals and 32 assists across 59 games in 2021-22. The Blackhawks have nabbed a handful of Terriers over the past few seasons, including Alex Vlasic, who made his NHL debut on Mar. 19 after three seasons in the Scarlet & White. Vlasic was selected 43rd overall in the 2019 Entry Draft.
Rising junior Drew Commesso is also a Chicago Blackhawks draft pick. The goaltender was selected 46th overall in the 2020 Entry Draft.
Hutson is not slated to join the Terriers until 2023-24, but his older brother, Quinn, will be joining the Terriers this fall. The younger Hutson totaled 63 points (10g, 53a) in 60 games with the United States National U-18 team this past season, leading the team in assists. At the 2022 World Juniors, Hutson was named top defenseman while leading the U.S. to a silver medal. He tallied eight points (all assists) in six games.
Listed at 5-foot-8, 159 pounds, the blue liner has drawn comparisons to recently appointed Terrier captain, Domenick Fensore (5-foot-9, 165 pounds). Hutson received the E.J. McGuire Award of Excellence at the NHL Awards on June 20. The award is annually awarded to “a candidate who best exemplifies commitment to excellence through strength of character, competitiveness, and athleticism,” as described by the NHL. He joins rising junior Luke Tuch as Montreal Canadiens draft picks at BU. Tuch was selected 47th overall in the 2020 Entry Draft.
As for the other BU commit who heard their name called this weekend, Kaplan finished ninth on the U.S. U-18 team with 38 points (13g, 25a) in 53 games. The Bridgewater, NJ native grew up about 90 minutes from Philly, but said he grew up a New York Rangers fan, while his brother was a Flyers fan.