The first player selected by the Red Wings in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft who is NOT playing in the CHL, Philippe Hudon is a Canadian forward playing at Choate-Rosemary prep school in Connecticut. He will be heading to Cornell for his college hockey in September.
Hudon is a right-handed shot who can play both center and the wing, and plays with a physical edge to his game, using his compact and solid 6′, 190 pound frame to his advantage.
His great, great uncle played in the NHL for the Candiens, Rangers and Senators, and has one of the greatest nicknames of all time… “Battleship”.
The fact that Hudon can contribute some offense while playing a physical game projects him as a checking line type of player if he makes it to the NHL.
Hudon has had his game compared to that of Milan Lucic, a comparison he loves. He describes his role as a player who makes the big hit, scores the big goal, or makes the big pass for his team.
The Wings love having players in the college ranks, as it gives them extra time to evaluate their progress before offering them a contract. If Hudon can prove he can make a difference offensively in college, then he could earn himself a contract with the Wings in a few years time.
The fact that he is going to Cornell is very impressive to me, as you don’t get too many Ivy Leaguers playing in the NHL. At the very least, he will get a good education for life after hockey. At best, the Wings have landed a guy who can muck and grind and chip in some offense for them, like a Justin Abdelkader who also went the college route and plays bigger than his size.