Beefed-up Hut­ton ready for reg­u­lar role

Af­ter play­ing in 14 games with the Petes last sea­son, for­ward added some grit to his game over the sum­mer

The Peterborough Examiner - - Sports - MIKE DAVIES Ex­am­iner Sports Di­rec­tor

Dustin Hut­ton got a taste of life with the Peter­bor­ough Petes last sea­son and now he wants the full meal.

He ate a lot more meals and hit the gym this sum­mer adding 15 pounds af­ter the Petes told him to bulk up. He played 10 reg­u­lar sea­son and four play­off games for the Petes last sea­son.

The club’s top pick in the 2018 U18 draft, Hut­ton led all play­ers through three train­ing camp scrim­mage ses­sions with six goals and two as­sists. He also scored in Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon’s Ma­roon and White game ral­ly­ing Ma­roon from a 5-1 deficit to a 7-6 lead. White scored three unan­swered goals to win 9-7 at the Ev­in­rude Cen­tre.

“The main goal was to get big­ger and stronger,” Hut­ton said.

“They want me to play with a bit more grit, too, and be tougher in the sum­mer. I tried my best in the sum­mer and it seems to be help­ing.”

Hut­ton has shown of­fen­sive abil­ity at ev­ery level he’s played, but has to prove he can do it in the OHL.

“Mak­ing the team is my first goal and my sec­ond goal is to have a role on the team and be a leader in the room,” he said.

“We told Dusty he had to put some size on and he knew that he had to get stronger,” said Petes head coach Rob Wil­son.

“It makes a big dif­fer­ence be­cause he has great vi­sion, skates well and moves the puck well. The skill level is there.

“He’s had a great start to camp and he has an op­por­tu­nity this week­end to go into ex­hi­bi­tion games with con­fi­dence and feel­ing good about him­self. It’s early days, but he’s def­i­nitely made an im­pres­sion on the coach­ing staff.”

Cameron But­ler led White to vic­tory with two goals and an as­sist, while El­lis Rick­wood scored twice, Carter Schoonder­wo­erd had a goal and as­sist and Matt McNa­mara, Ma­son McTav­ish and Max Grondin also scored. Liam Kirk had two as­sists with sin­gles to Caleb Minns, Owen Robert­son and Joey Studnicka. Ben Ed­wards stopped 13 of 15 shots and Kyle Curtin 22 of 27 in the White net.

Eli Pal­frey­man scored twice for Ma­roon and Cur­tis Trol­ley had a goal and as­sist while Zach Gal­lant, J.R. Avon and Colin Patey also scored. Se­myon Der-Ar­guch­int­sev had three as­sists with sin­gles to Will Ever­son, Tucker Robert­son, Dario Te­soro and Artem Guryev. Tye Austin stopped 16 of 21 shots and Michael Simp­son 17 of 21 for Ma­roon.

Fol­low­ing morn­ing scrim­mages the Petes re­as­signed 12 play­ers in­clud­ing Ryan Cut­ler (Cen­tral On­tario Ma­jor Midget AAA Wolves), Jax Dubois (Ne­pean U18 AAA Raiders), Bode Dun­ford (Cen­tral On­tario Ma­jor Midget AAA Wolves), Alex Fer­rier (TBA), Calum Haslam (Toronto Ma­jor Midget AAA Red Wings), Judd Katz (North York Ma­jor Midget AAA Rangers), Bren­nan Kennedy (Hal­ton Ma­jor Midget AAA Hur­ri­canes), Jak­son Kirk (Elmira Ju­nior B Su­gar Kings), Ben­jamin Loreto (Bramp­ton Ju­nior B Bombers), Ni­cholas Paone (Fort Erie Ju­nior B Me­te­ors), Oliver Web­ster (TBA) and Riley Wood (Strathroy Ju­nior B Rock­ets).

Fol­low­ing the Ma­roon and White game, 14 play­ers were re­as­signed in­clud­ing Aaron Chiarot (Brant­ford Ju­nior A 99ers), Kyle Curtin (St. Mary’s Ju­nior B Lin­colns), Sean Fortier (Pem­broke Ju­nior A Lum­ber Kings), Cade Helmer (Smiths Falls Ju­nior ‘A’ Bears), An­drew Hors­ley (Ge­orge­town Ju­nior ‘A’ Raiders), Caleb Minns (Aurora Ju­nior A Tigers), Eli Pal­frey­man (Kitch­ener Ju­nior B Dutch­men), El­lis Rick­wood (Hamilton Kilty B’s), Owen Robert­son (Water­loo Ju­nior B Siskins), Carter Schoonder­wo­erd (St. Mary’s Ju­nior B Lin­colns), Joey Studnicka (Lon­don Ju­nior B Na­tion­als), Dario Te­soro (TBA), Ja­cob Verner (Peter­bor­ough Ma­jor Midget AAA Petes) and Carter Vol­lett (Kemptville Ju­nior A 73s).

NOTES: Camp con­tin­ues Thurs­day with prac­tices at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. The team will par­tic­i­pate in the Kitch­ener Rangers Show­case Tour­na­ment start­ing Fri­day at 2 p.m. when they face the Sag­i­naw Spirit. They play the North Bay Bat­tal­ion 2 p.m. Satur­day and Rangers 2 p.m. Sun­day.

JES­SICA NYZNIK EX­AM­INER

Kee­gan McMullen, cen­tre, looks for a pass dur­ing the Peter­bor­ough Petes train­ing camp ma­roon and white in­trasquad game at the Ev­in­rude Cen­tre on Wed­nes­day.

Dustin Hut­ton

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