Michael Hutchinson (Jonathan Kozub/Getty Images)
Michael Hutchinson shutout the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday night, but it wasn’t easy. Midway through the final frame, Hutchinson denied Brandon Dubinsky with a miraculous split-legged stop that’s begging to be on the end of season highlight reel.
Michael Hutchinson is having the type of season that is making those who thought he might not be ready for the big leagues eat their words and then some.
His shutout last night of the Columbus Blue Jackets is just further evidence that he’s more than ready for the NHL, and the Winnipeg Jets netminder made sure to show a little bit of flash in the process. With less than nine minutes left in the third period, Hutchinson made a left pad save on Brandon Dubinsky that will leave you shaking your head.
The overhead view of the stop is ridiculous. Hutchinson is sliding across his crease in a full split to stick out the pad and deny Dubinsky’s attempt at spoiling his shutout.
With an injury to Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky during the game, one of the All-Star selections, there may be need for an injury replacement for the All-Star Game. If Bobrovsky can’t go, would anyone deny that Hutchinson, with his 1.90 goals-against average and .935 save percentage, deserves the nod for the mid-season outing? Sure, he's a rookie, but this save screams All-Star.