Avon Old Farms' Hutchinson commits to Northeastern

Ahead of this weekend's NHL Draft, one of the top-rated New England area draft-eligible skaters gave his college commitment, as Avon Old Farms (Conn.) center Nick Hutchinson selected Northeastern, Winged Beavers head coach John Gardner confirmed to ESPN Boston Tuesday night.

"Nick is a talented forward with good hands and a real committed player who is passionate about the game of hockey," Gardner said. "When he fills out physically, he has the potential to be an excellent pro player."

Hutchinson's year of commitment has not yet been announced.

The Hicksville, N.Y. resident was ranked 94th among North American skaters on the NHL Central Scouting's final rankings ahead of Sunday's Draft. It marked a significant gain from Central's midterm rankings, when Hutchinson was ranked 133rd. Hutchinson had 12 goals and 26 assists in 29 games last season for Avon.

The Winged Beavers were NEPSAC Martin-Earl division finalists in 2012-13, losing in a 1-0 decision against Cushing Academy.