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Hutchinson to make NHL debut as Jets’ goaltending under the microscope…again

Apr 7, 2014, 12:37 PM EDT


Six years after he was drafted by the Boston Bruins (explaining the image), Michael Hutchinson will make his NHL debut in goal for the Winnipeg Jets.

Hutchinson has spent most of the season with AHL St. John’s and ECHL Ontario. Tonight against the visiting Wild, the 24-year-old will step in for starter Ondrej Pavelec. (The team’s regular back-up, Al Montoya, is injured.)

Goaltending has once again been a weakness for the Jets this season. The team’s save percentage (.905) ranks in the bottom third of the NHL, just as it did last season. And the season before that. And the one before that, when the franchise was still in Atlanta.

Pavelec is signed through 2016-17 for a cap hit of $3.9 million. Among regular NHL netminders, his .901 save percentage ranks 44th out of 49. No goalie that’s played as much as he has owns a lower save percentage. And the same was true last year. And the year before.

  1. runhigh24 - Apr 7, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    He also gave up a goal last week to Craig Adams who was shooting from the faceoff dot. If that isn’t a fireable offense for an NHL goalie I don’t know what is. If the Jets are serious about being a playoff team in the near future they’ll buy him out and address the position in the summer.

  2. gbart22 - Apr 7, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    I’m sorry but look at the team in front of pavelec that guy has ability and once he’s free of Winnipeg much like lehtonen it would not shock me at all to see him go somewhere and thrive.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Apr 7, 2014 at 1:47 PM

      Spoken like someone who has so obviously never watched the Jets play. Take off, ya Philistine.

  3. beergold - Apr 7, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    My God the kid looks like a reincarnation of a young Terry Sawchuk……he’s got to be great!

    • 19inarow - Apr 7, 2014 at 8:01 PM

      I’m thinking the same thing, that he looks like Sawchuk.

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