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Prospect Report: Hutchinson

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins -- The P-Bruins Player of the Month for November, goaltender Mike Hutchinson, 20, put together a seven-game unbeaten streak from Oct. 31 to Nov. 24 and compiled a 7-7-0 overall record with Providence, with a 3.11 GAA and a .898 save percentage in 18 AHL games.

Recently assigned to the ECHL's Reading Royals, Hutchinson talked about the difference between the players he faced in juniors and those he's encountered during his time as a pro.
"Yeah, you know, you go from playing against 16 to 21-year-olds to playing against grown men it’s definitely different, especially in the speed of shots and power as they crash the net." he said.

"In the offseason I put on some weight and now I feel I’m up to par, strength wise, with the rest of the players."
Hutchinson played four seasons in the OHL with the Barrie Colts and London Knights.

Selected 77th overall in the third round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, "Hutch" was 67-50-13 in 130 regular season games during his junior career and had a 32-12-2 record with three shutouts and a 2.86 GAA in his final junior season with Knights in 2009-10.

As a pro, Hutchinson is looking to add consistency and positioning to his ample goaltending skill set.

"Any goalie can do that for one or two games and play well, but you know over the course of the year you have to be consistent and it’s tough when you’re in a position where you’re not giving yourself the best chance to make saves," he said.

During the first half there was a little bit of an adjustment and some growing pains, and there were some games I would definitely like to replay.

"But during the second half I’m just hoping that I can take what I learned in the first half and come away more consistent."
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