Michael Hutchinson
Michael Hutchinson
29-Year-Old GoalieG
Toronto Maple Leafs
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Considering the Jets signed the 24-year-old Connor Hellebuyck to a six-year contract, there was little chance Hutchinson was getting any sort of significant playing time in Winnipeg. The move to Florida puts the 27-year-old behind a pair of older netminders in Roberto Luongo (38) and James Reimer (29) -- both of whom struggled with injuries last season. The right-handed glove figures to spend the bulk of the year with AHL Springfield, but could see some crease time in the event his compatriots can't stay healthy. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Panthers in July of 2018.
Loaned to AHL Marlies
GToronto Maple Leafs  Minors
January 14, 2019
Hutchinson was sent down to AHL Toronto on Monday.
With Frederik Andersen (illness/groin) set to make his return Monday versus Colorado, the Maple Leafs had to open up a roster spot to activate their starting netminder. To do so, they demoted Hutchinson to the AHL Marlies. In nine starts with the parent club, Hutchinson posted a 3-4-2 record and also recorded his first shutout since the 2016-17 season. So long as Andersen stays healthy, no other Maple Leaf netminder carries much, if any, fantasy value.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Hutchinson was given the chance to serve as Winnipeg’s No. 2 netminder last season -- especially with Connor Hellebuyck underperforming -- but his own struggles forced the organization to bring in former Flyer Steve Mason during the offseason. As a result, the 27-year-old Hutchinson will return to AHL Manitoba for the bulk of the 2017-18 campaign as he enters the final year of his contract.
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. That’s 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 wasn’t quite ready to take on a full season’s workload. The 25-year-old’s 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 team’s 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. John’s 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. He’s expected to start the season as the backup, but with starter Ondrej Pavelec coming off a disappointing season, it’s easy to envision how Hutchinson might get the chance to push his way into a platoon. He doesn’t 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 B’s 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.
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Allows three goals in loss
GToronto Maple Leafs  Minors
January 12, 2019
Hutchinson made 26 saves in a 3-2 loss to Boston on Saturday.
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Defending cage Saturday
GToronto Maple Leafs  Minors
January 12, 2019
Hutchinson will start in goal Saturday against the visiting Bruins, Kristen Shilton of TSN.ca reports.
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Doesn't blow early lead
GToronto Maple Leafs  Minors
January 10, 2019
Hutchinson made 27 saves in Thursday's 4-2 win over New Jersey.
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In goal Thursday
GToronto Maple Leafs  Minors
January 9, 2019
Hutchinson will start between the pipes Thursday against the Devils, Lance Hornby of The Toronto Sun reports.
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Mauled by Preds
GToronto Maple Leafs  Minors
January 7, 2019
Hutchinson stopped 28 of 32 shots in Monday's 4-0 loss to the Predators.
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