27-Year-Old Goalie – Winnipeg Jets
Michael Hutchinson Contract Information:
Signed a two-year, $2.3 million contract with the Jets in June of 2016.
Hutchinson (concussion) made saves in Sunday's morning skate, Sean Reynolds of Sportsnet reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Hutchinson didn't perform particularly well in his third year with the Jets, staking no claim on the starting role, but still receiving a new contract. With the future between the pipes uncertain in Winnipeg, the 26-year-old will have to prove last year was a fluke. The netminder posted a 9-15-3 record, registering a .907 save percentage and 2.84 GAA. Thatís not promising when stacking it against his 2014-15 campaign (21-10-5 record, .914 save percentage, 2.38 GAA). If he can return to the glory days, Hutchinson has a real shot at stepping in as the starter in place of Ondrej Pavelec, but young prospect Connor Hellebuyck also figures to be in the mix.
Hutchinson put forth a strong rookie campaign in 2014-15 -- he was locked into a goaltender platoon with Ondrej Pavelec for much of the season and even enjoyed a stretch of time as the unchallenged starter, but lost his footing toward the end of the year and ended up ceding the No. 1 role. Although Hutchinson proved that he can perform like a legitimate starting NHL goaltender in spurts, he also showed signs that he wasnít quite ready to take on a full seasonís workload. The 25-year-oldís role with Winnipeg is a bit uncertain heading into the 2015-16 season, but for now, it appears as though he will begin the year as the teamís backup netminder -- if one with a bigger share of the job than usual. Winnipeg will likely once again opt to employ some sort of goaltender rotation this season, so Hutchinson will carry some fantasy value even if he's unable to usurp Pavelec this time around.
Few young players in the Winnipeg organization saw their star rise as much as Hutchinson in 2013-14. After a few uninspiring seasons in the Bruins' minor league system, Hutchinson found a home with AHL St. Johnís last season, posting a 2.30 GAA and .923 save percentage over 24 appearances. He earned a late-season call-up to Winnipeg and continued to impress in his three games with the parent club, recording a 1.64 GAA and a .943 save percentage while amassing a 2-1-0 record. Obviously that sample size is far too small to anoint Hutchinson the next Patrick Roy, but it does mean the Jets will be looking for an opportunity to let him prove those numbers were no fluke. Heís expected to start the season as the backup, but with starter Ondrej Pavelec coming off a disappointing season, itís easy to envision how Hutchinson might get the chance to push his way into a platoon. He doesnít hold much value yet outside of deeper leagues, but if Hutchinson starts stringing together some wins in place of Pavelec, he'll almost certainly be a goalie worth owning.
Hutchinson went 13-13-3 with a 2.30 GAA and .914 save percentage with AHL Providence this past season. The former Bruins farmhand will now provide goaltending depth in the minor leagues for the Jets.
Hutchinson, who played in 29 games for AHL Providence last season, going 13-14-1 with a 2.36 GAA and .927 save percentage, provides the Bís with goaltending depth behind starter Tuukka Rask and backup Anton Khudobin.
Hutchinson is a goaltending prospect who is clearly behind Tim Thomas, Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin in the B's netminding pecking order.
Depth goalkeeper in the Boston organization.
Hutchinson, is athletic goaltending prospect with good size ticketed for another season in the OHL, with the London Knights.
Hutchinson, who came on strong after taking over as the (OHL) Barrie Colts' goaltender, has good puckhandling skills. Drafted 77th overall in '08, he gives the B's organization further young netminding depth with the likes of Tim Thomas and Manny Fernandez not getting any younger.