After Marek Mazanec was awarded the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for November, could Nashville pick up more notoriety? Absolutely and with a goalie, no doubt.
Carter Hutton, who had a horrendous month in November (hence as to why Mazanec took the reins and stuck RotM under his belt), made it known he wasn’t born a benchwarmer and, after taking over for Mazanec as the starting goalie against the Rangers, he hasn’t looked back since.
This is the NHL’s reasoning for giving him the Third Star of the Week:
“Hutton compiled a 3-0-0 record with a 1.33 goals-against average and .960 save percentage to lead the Predators (16-14-3, 35 points) to their second three-game winning streak of the season (also Nov. 16-21). He allowed one goal in both a 4-1 triumph over the New York Rangers Dec. 10 (28 saves) and a 3-1 victory over the Dallas Stars Dec. 12 (33 saves). Hutton then posted 36 saves, his second-highest total of the season, in a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks Dec. 14. The 27-year-old Thunder Bay, Ont., native has appeared in 14 games this season, posting a 7-3-1 record with a 2.76 goals-against average and .913 save percentage.”
But let’s all be honest with each other here. When you’re under the supervision of the great Mitch Korn, of course you’re going to have some eyes shift in your direction. Here’s to hoping this notoriety doesn’t go to his head and that he’ll be prepared for tomorrow’s game against the leader of the Western Conference and Central Division; yea, those pesky Blackhawks. But in all seriousness, Carter Hutton doesn’t come off as a guy that let’s that sort of stuff go to his head. I think he’ll be just fine.
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