Bruins: Michael Hutchinson

Hutchinson shows off his skills

September, 16, 2010
BOSTON -- Boston Bruins prospect Michael Hutchinson knows he’s auditioning for a goaltending job with the team's AHL affiliate, the Providence Bruins.

Prior to Thursday night's game, Hutchinson said he did not want to return to junior hockey and realized this was an opportunity to take the next step in his development. He responded to the challenge, making 33 saves to help the Bruins to a 2-1 overtime victory in the second of a two rookie games between the teams Thursday at TD Garden.

“Hutch was good,” said Providence Bruins coach Rob Murray. “I thought it was a poor goal, the one he did let in. I don’t know if he lost it or he just misplayed it. After that he was lights out. I thought he played excellent. Both our goalies performed well these last two nights. Peter [Chiarelli] was saying Hutch is a guy who could win a game by himself, and he didn’t come too far from that tonight [Thursday] because he made some excellent saves. Hutch really stood in there tall.”

The Bruins originally drafted the 20-year-old netminder in the third round (77th overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Hutchinson, 6-foot-3, 192-pounds, has played the past three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League.

Hutchinson was able to showcase his skills Thursday, playing the entire game.

“It was huge; I had not played a game since last April -- it’s been a while,” Hutchinson said. “Getting a full 60 minutes in, remembering how long a 60-minute game is, it really didn’t feel that long.”

After Bruins goaltenders Tim Thomas and Tuukka Rask, Boston has four other goalies in camp battling for the two spots in Providence. Veteran Nolan Schaefer has a leg up on the other three -- Hutchinson, Adam Courchaine and Matt Dalton.

“For [the Providence Bruins’] second goalie, there’s going to be a tremendous competition,” Chiarelli said.

Hutchinson: 'My goal is not to be back in juniors'

September, 16, 2010
BOSTON -- In the second of two rookie games between the Boston Bruins and the New York Islanders, Michael Hutchinson will be in net for the Black and Gold tonight at TD Garden.

“I’m excited,” he said. “This is something you look forward to. It’s been a long wait, so I can’t wait to start the game.”

The Bruins originally drafted the 20-year-old netminder in the third round (77th overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Hutchinson, 6-foot-3, 192 pounds, has played the last three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League.

After this morning’s game-day skate, it was clear he was excited to be starting tonight’s game.

“You try not to think about it. You try to think of it as just another game,” Hutchinson said. “It’s the start of the season and obviously there will be a couple of plays you’ll want to have back, or use it as a teaching tool. You need to keep everything in perspective.”

“It’s more anticipation than nerves. I just cant’ wait to get out there and get the first shot and after that everything seems to settle down.”

Hutchinson watched Wednesday’s game from the ninth floor and said it was a good learning tool to prepare for action tonight.

Even though Hutchinson is focused on tonight’s game, his main goal is to earn a spot in the AHL this season for the Providence Bruins.

“My goal is not to be back in junior hockey,” he said. “Hopefully tonight I can play well and show the coaching staff I’m ready to make this step to the next level.”

Three others sign with Bruins

March, 31, 2010
Joe Colborne wasn’t the only prospect the Boston Bruins signed Wednesday.

General manager Peter Chiarelli also announced the organization signed forward Jordan Caron, goaltender Michael Hutchinson and defenseman Steven Kampfer to entry-level contracts.

Kampfer arrived in Providence on Tuesday, practiced with the P-Bruins on Wednesday and will remain with the team for the remainder of the season. Colborne will practice with Providence on Thursday and both will make their pro debuts on Friday against the Worcester Sharks at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

Kampfer, 21, just completed his collegiate career at the University of Michigan, where he led the Wolverines with a plus-18 rating in 45 games as a senior. In four seasons, he recorded seven goals and 54 assists for 60 points. He was originally selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the fourth round (93rd overall) of the 2007 draft. He was acquired by the Bruins from Anaheim on March 2 in exchange for a condition fourth-round draft pick.

“I’m ecstatic,” he said. “It’s a dream come true, especially to sign with an organization like the Bruins. I’m really happy and I’m excited to start my professional career. I’m just looking forward to playing good hockey, to have great teams. Hopefully I can contribute with Providence this year and make the best out of my pro career.”

Caron, 19, was the Bruins’ first-round selection (25th overall) in the 2009 draft and is playing for Rouyn-Noranda in the Quebec Major Junior league playoffs. He also played for Team Canada and won a silver medal at the World Junior Championships in January.

“It’s a dream come true. It’s my first NHL contract and it’s great,” said Caron. “I knew it was going to happen one day, and today is a special day to finally have an NHL contract with the Bruins.”

Hutchinson, 20, played in 46 regular-season games for the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League, recording a .913 save percentage and a 2.86 goals-against average. The Knights are playing in the second round of the OHL playoffs. He was drafted by Boston in the third round (77th overall) in the 2008 draft.

“I’m completely excited,” he said. “It’s always been my dream to play in the NHL and signing’s one step closer to reaching that dream.”