By Scott Billeck – @scottbilleck
With the news of Ondrej Pavelec’s absence, due to injury, for at least the next two games, the Winnipeg Jets have recalled Michael Hutchinson from the St. John’s IceCaps.
Pavelec, who went into the dressing room and never returned in last night’s 4-2 loss to the New York Rangers, was assessed on Saturday and it was determined he would be out for at least the next two games due to a lower-body ailment.
Jets’ backup Al Montoya told reporters he would get the start against Dallas on Sunday night at the MTS Centre and the Jets have recalled Hutchinson to play second fiddle to the American.
Hutchinson, 24, has played in 22 games with the IceCaps this season for a 15-5-1 record, 2.33 goals against average and 0.923 save percentage and two shutouts. The Barrie, Ont., native has played in 109 career AHL games, between Providence and St. John’s, for a 54-42-4 career record. He has also played in 28 games with the ECHL’s Ontario Reign this season for a 22-4-2 record, 2.08 goals against average and 0.921 save percentage. He earned CCM ECHL Goaltender of the Week honours twice this season – week ending Nov. 17, 2013 and Jan. 5, 2014.
He was originally drafted by the Boston Bruins in the third round, 77th overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
(With files from the Winnipeg Jets)