Hutch up, Kask down

I honestly wonder if an actual deck chair from the Titanic might be the best option as Freddie Andersen’s backup, but nevertheless, we’re seeing a bit of a shuffle today…

The @MapleLeafs have recalled goaltender Michael Hutchinson from the @TorontoMarlies (AHL).
Kasimir Kaskisuo has been loaned to the Marlies. pic.twitter.com/ULqSqYeXwM
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) November 25, 2019
The story on both of these goalies is very similar, absolutely atrocious numbers in the NHL, and both have been lights out in the AHL. Essentially the Leafs are doomed to repeat Garret Sparks over and over again.

Leafs
Marlies

GP
SV%
HDSV%
GSAA
GP
SV%
Hutchinson
6
0.879
0.738
-4.73
3
0.942
Kaskisuo
1
0.842
0.636
-2.35
8
0.928
So what are the Leafs hoping for with this move?
Well, looking at this from a GM’s point of view, Kyle Dubas made the decision to go with Michael Hutchinson as his backup. Through rigid usage in unfavourable situations, Michael Hutchinson was absolutely decimated by his competition, and not supported by his teammates, who weren’t exactly putting forth their best effort under Mike Babcock.
Hutchinson took his demotion and went to work with Sheldon Keefe & company, and did everything right at the AHL level. He picked up 3 wins …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

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