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Goaltender of the Future?

I’ve been following the reports of this kid since he joined the Ice Hogs. It’s funny how Alexander Salak has gone from originally being slated as Crawford’s back up with the Hawks, to Hutton’s back up in Rockford. Here’s the story from chicagoblackhawks.com;

The American Hockey League announced on Monday that Rockford IceHogs goaltender Carter Hutton has been named the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week for Week 23 and the period ending Mar. 4, 2012.

Hutton was in goal for all three games for Rockford in Week 23, helping the team pick up five of six standings points (2-0-0-1) while helping pull the club back into the Western Conference Calder Cup playoff race. Overall in the three game week, Hutton turned in a .963 save percentage and a 1.30 goals-against average.

The Thunder Bay, Ont. native opened the week by making 35 saves in Rockford’s 3-2 seven-round shootout loss to Abbotsford on Feb. 29. Facing a pair of critical road tests over the weekend, Hutton then stopped 44 of 45 shots in a big 3-1 victory at Milwaukee on Mar. 2, and registered 24 saves as the IceHogs rallied for a 2-1 win in Peoria on Mar. 3.

Hutton also won the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week for Week 17, becoming the first IceHogs player to win the award twice in one season. Since Jan. 8, Hutton is 12-4-0-2 with a 2.01 GAA and a .928 SV%.

A second-year pro, Hutton has played 29 games for Rockford this season, posting a 15-8-3 record with a 2.50 goals-against average, a .916 save percentage and two shutouts. The 26-year-old made his pro debut with Adirondack (AHL) after completing his senior season at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell in 2009-10, and spent his rookie campaign with Worcester last year. Hutton, who shows a career mark of 27-17-6 with four shutouts in 55 AHL appearances, signed as a free agent with the Chicago Blackhawks on Feb. 23, 2012.

In recognition of his achievement, Hutton will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming IceHogs home game.

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Hutton has been lights out. He was the 6 or 8th goalie in the Sharks system. He is still on an AHL contract with the Ice Hogs. I suspect they will try to sign Emery first. If he signs maybe Hutton is trade bait. If he doesn’t then maybe Hutton gets a pro contract.

The word on Crawford is that he is returning to his AHL form. Essentially he plays well as long as he doesn’t let in a bad goal. If he lets in one he should have stopped he loses confidence and lets in several more.

Wirtz is probably in no mood to sign another goalie to a big contract but the Hawks need good goaltending. Of course team defense will solve a lot of issues. If the Hawks limp into the playoffs or even miss the playoffs heads will roll. Q or Bowman will be gone if they can’t keep the puck out of the net.

Posted by Frank from Lisle on 03/09/12 at 02:39 AM ET

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