There you have it folks! After a lackluster few games by the Winnipeg Jets, the Winnipeg Jets have recalled Ondrej Pavelec from the AHL's Manitoba Moose. This is a direct result of inconsistent play by both Jets net minders as Connor Hellebuyck was pulled against the Coyotes on Friday after allowing 3 goals on 6 shots. Micheal Hutchinson came in as relief and played well, resulting in a start against the Kings the following night. Despite some great play, the Jets still lost in overtime, and again the coaching staff gave Hutchinson the nod against the Sharks on Monday afternoon. But, poor positioning on the Sharks' opening goal, followed by accidentally kicking the puck into his own net sealed the fate of Hutchinson as the # 1 going forward.
Pavelec is recalled by the Jets having played in 18 games for the Moose this season, recording a less than stellar 8-7-2 record, with a save percentage of .917 and a 2.78 goals against average, only slightly better if not the same in comparison to both Hellebuyck and Hutchinson.
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Obviously, WIN recalling Pavelec a totally different situation (own goalie, what's old new again, expiring contract etc) but rationale same.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) January 17, 2017
That is, desperate times call for desperate measures. Pavelec's recall is simply to try to stop the bleeding. Same mindset as MIN 2 yrs ago.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) January 17, 2017
Update @ 9:41am
Last year's Winnipeg Jets Goalie Stats (3 of a kind)