Through the first month and change of the 2019-20 season, very few goaltenders have struggled quite like Maple Leafs backup Michael Hutchinson.
The 29-year-old former Winnipeg Jets prospect has posted an abysmal .879 save percentage through his first six appearances of the year, averaging nearly 4.5 goals against per game, going 0-4-1 in credited results, and -5.90 Goals Saved Above Average at even strength alone.
The poor start has hardly been his fault alone, but it seems as if the team has finally decided on the fact that Hutchinson is not the answer. So, Hutchinson will be the first to fall on the sword, as the netminder hit waivers on Monday morning in what’s presumably a move meant to give Kasimir Kaskisuo an NHL shot.
Hutchinson was picked up as a reclamation project of sorts from the Florida Panthers last season after he struggled to rediscover his game following a move from the Winnipeg Jets (who had used him as a backup from 2013-2018) that summer.
His five games with Toronto’s NHL lineup last season saw him post a .914 save percentage in all situations, and the team then opted to move into their 2019-20 campaign with him as the …
Author: Cat Silverman / The Leafs Nation