The Adirondack Thunder made a trade with the Wheeling Nailers on Tuesday Night as they acquired the ECHL rights to Nick Hutchison in exchange for defenceman Ryan Da Silva. Hutchison played one game with the Thunder after finishing his senior year at Canisius College, and in his first ECHL game, he put up a goal and an assist. The following season Adirondack opted out of the league due to the COVID Restrictions, and Hutchison ended up signing with the Indy Fuel, but his breakout season came last year with the Nailers where he put up 16 goals and 26 assists for 42 points in 31 games before getting called up to the AHL where he spent the rest of the season with the Manitoba Moose and Scranton Wilkes-Barre Penguins. This season Hutchison has spent the year with the Utica Comets putting up four goals and five assists in 29 games.
This is a smart move by Adirondack, seeing that they needed to add some size up front with Turcotte out of the lineup. Hutchison is a big body that can play a strong two-way game and could easily slot in anywhere in the Thunder lineup and provide a spark. Heading to Wheeling, Ryan Da Silva, who was acquired by the Thunder in the off-season in exchange for future considerations from the Tulsa Oilers. Da Silva put up five goals and 13 assists in 40 games with the Thunder.