WILMINGTON, Mass. — After the Bruins rookies went through a third straight day of double practice at Ristuccia Arena today, assistant general manager Jim Benning announced the Bruins’ goaltending plans for the first rookie game on Long Island Monday night.
Michael Hutchinson, the club’s third-round pick (No. 77 overall) in 2008 will get the nod and then Boston will re-assess the situation before deciding who gets the start in the second half of the two-game series against the New York Islanders Tuesday.
Hutchinson is entering his second year of pro after he split last season between the Providence (AHL) farm club and Boston’s ECHL affiliate in Reading. He compiled a .918 save percentage in the ECHL and a .904 in the AHL. Over the summer, he attended development camp for the fourth time since the Bruins drafted him.
“I think with him, he was a young goalie that had a good skill set because he’s big,” said Benning about the 6-foot-3, 192-pound Hutchinson. “With him, it’s finding the consistency to play hard, to compete every night in goal. And if he lets in a bad goal to bounce back and not let it get to him. So far, it’s just been a couple days of camp, we’ll see how he does in these games, but I think he’s shown some improvement in that.”
The Bruins’ other goaltender at rookie camp is free-agent invitee Jared DeMichiel, who also played in the ECHL and AHL last season. He previously starred at RIT and led the Tigers to their first-ever Frozen Four in 2010.