31-Year-Old Goalie – St. Louis Blues
Carter Hutton Contract Information:
Signed a two-year, $2.25 million contract with the Blues in July of 2016.
Hutton stopped 10 of 11 shots in relief of Jake Allen during Saturday's 5-2 loss to the Islanders.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Hutton is durable, but that doesn't get you far in fantasy. The Blues inked starter Jake Allen to a tasty four-year deal, so Hutton will be restricted to 20 games or so this season. And he won't care for that one bit. Hutton thought his 7-5-2 record with 2.33 GAA and .918 save percentage in Nashville last season warranted more starts and that promptly put him on the free-agent market – the Preds were and are Pekka Rinne's team. Hutton may get his wish for more ice in St. Louis, inadvertently of course. Allen can be inconsistent, but can Hutton carry the load if Allen wobbles? Probably not, if the best adjective we can use about you is "durable." He's a handcuff at this point and maybe not even a good one. The Blues would probably go out and get another goalie if something happened to their starter. Just saying.
Hutton appeared in 18 games with the Predators last season, posting a 6-7-4 record with a .902 save percentage. Starting netminder Pekka Rinne is a workhorse in the Preds’ crease, playing 64 games last season, so unless he goes down with another injury, don’t expect Hutton to see much more crease time in 2015-16. The 29-year-old Hutton now has 59 career NHL games under his belt and has proven he can be a trusted backup option behind Rinne. While Hutton owns a career .907 save percentage, he’s managed just two shutouts and hasn’t shown the elite ability to be able to steal games for his team. The Predators boast a great defense corpse, though, so whenever Rinne goes down with an injury or is given a rest, Hutton makes for a decent spot start.
After appearing in just one NHL contest prior to the 2013-14 season, Hutton was pressed into action for 40 games last year in the wake of the hip infection that kept Pekka Rinne out for the majority of the campaign, doing well to keep the Predators competitive. He finished with a 20-11-4 record, 2.62 GAA and .910 save percentage, establishing himself as a reliable backup for the team. He likely won't see as much playing time in the upcoming season unless Rinne suffers another long-term injury, but he may make for a serviceable spot-starting option in daily formats on the nights he'll be in the net. The Preds were so impressed with Hutton’s efforts last season that they rewarded him with a new two-year, $1.45 million contract in June.
Hutton, who signed a one-year contract with the Preds in July, was previously in the Chicago Blackhawks' minor league system. The 27-year-old Hutton appeared in 51 games for AHL Rockford last season, posting a 26-22-1 record, 2.72 goals-against average and .908 save percentage. He is expected to open the season for the Preds as the backup to Pekka Rinne, but is unlikely to see much ice time in that role.
Hutton is the number three goalie on the Chicago depth chart heading into this season. He started last season in the ECHL, but moved up to Rockford of the AHL when Alexander Salak got hurt; he never looked back. He delivered a 22-13-4 record with a 2.35 GAA and .917 save percentage. Still, the Hawks are his third organization in three years, and this is his first real breakout. He could be a back-up for the Hawks' in 2013-14 if he continues to excel.
Hutton, a native of Thunder Bay, Ontario, inked a deal with the Sharks as an unrestricted free agent in June of 2010. At UMass-Lowell, he shined between the pipes with a a four-year average of 2.35 in the goals-against average category. No need to jump on the Hutton bandwagon just yet, however. Last season was his first taste of the professional game, and he only had the chance to stop pucks in four games - all with the Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL, when he was property of the Flyers. Look for Hutton with Worcester this season.