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

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.”