Andrew Hutchinson is a really smart offensive player with solid puck handling skills that is effective on the point of the powerplay. He has a hard and low shot that usually creates live rebounds and when his game is going he's capable of scoring points in bunches.
However, his defensive zone awareness isn't that great. I think on other teams he could be a bottom pairing defenseman that would get a lot of time on the powerplay, but he's not able to do that here for various reasons and an extensive amount of mediocre depth in front of him who are "jack of all trades", type defensemen like Dennis Seidenberg and David Tanabe.
He is soft as a pillow and will NEVER play the body. He defends mostly with his stick and will not go out of his way to stand up for a teammate which was evident when a player earlier in the year totally RAN Cam Ward and Hutchinson layed on top of him, got up, and skated back to the bench. However, his game isn't a physical game so with another team that has players that aren't afraid of the rough stuff, he may be fine.
Career projection is a 5th or 6th defenseman with extensive powerplay time if he can figure out the defensive zone a bit better. Realistic projection is an AHL star player who can fill in quite nice when an offensive defenseman goes down.