Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Cards Fall into Place for Winnipeg Jets Goalie Prospect Michael Hutchinson

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Cards Fall into Place for Winnipeg Jets Goalie Prospect Michael Hutchinson

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Jets prospect Hutchinson now likes his choice

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WINNIPEG - When he was first approached last year by the Winnipeg Jets organization, goaltending prospect Michael Hutchinson was a little doubtful about how their offer would advance his career.

"When they came to me off the start, I really didn't feel like it was a good idea," he said the morning after his NHL debut against the Minnesota Wild Monday night, when he allowed only one goal although it proved the winner in a 1-0 loss.

He had been drafted, developed and dropped by the Boston Bruins and getting buried deep the farm-club system of another team that already seemed to have enough goalies in the pipe didn't seem like a great bet.

But he talked it over with his family and his agent and they finally came to the conclusion there might be opportunity to move up.

"I was fortunate. Looking back it was definitely the right decision."

At 24, moving up has to be an issue for the six-foot-three native of Barrie, Ont., and the pieces have fallen into place since he was picked by the Jets.

He started the season with the Ontario Reign of the ECHL and compiled a record of 22-4-2.

Injuries gave him a chance to move up a step to the St. John's IceCaps of the AHL, where he continued to impress with a record of 15-5-1, a 2.33 goals-against average, two shutouts and a .923 save percentage.

Then, thanks to an injury to starter Ondrej Pavelec, he got the call from the Jets to warm the bench for backup Al Montoya in net. When Montoya was injured, Hutchinson got the nod.

"I didn't even think this would be possible. You start every single season I think, you always dream you're going to get a chance play in the NHL, but when you start off in the East Coast League it doesn't even seem realistic."

He was called up by Boston as a backup to Tim Thomas but never got a chance to stand between the pipes. …

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