Winnipeg – Heeeee’ssss Back! The Winnipeg Jets have recalled veteran goaltender Ondrej Pavelec from the Manitoba Moose following a string of less than satisfactory performances from Connor Hellebucyk and Michael Hutchinson that have contributed mightily to the team’s current 1-4-1 skid.
Hutchinson surrendered a pair of “questionable” goals in the Jets 5-2 loss at San Jose after playing well two nights earlier in the 3-2 overtime loss to the LA Kings at Staples Centre. But overall, the 4th year Jet is 4-10-3 with a 3.23 goals against average and .894 saves percentage which rank among the worst in the league for netminders with 10 or more appearances this season.
Hellebuyck began last week by recording his 3rd shutout of the season in a 2-0 win over Calgary. But in his two most recent starts, the Jets #1 goalie failed to make it out of the first period by allowing 6 goals on just 13 shots in losses versus Montreal and at Arizona.
Pavelec has played 18 games for the AHL Manitoba Moose this season, registering an 8-7-2 record with a 2.78 goals against average and .917 save percentage. The 29 year old from Kladno, Czech Republic is coming off a 43 save performance in last Sunday’s 4-1 win versus the Chicago Wolves.
Pavelec has played 371 NHL games over nine seasons and has a 148-154-47 record with a 2.86 career goals against average along with a .907 save percentage. But coming out of the pre-season it was decided by Jets management to go with Hellebuyck and Hutchinson and assign Pavelec to the minors where he has handled the situation very professionally according to Moose Head Coach Pascal Vincent.
The Jets have placed defenceman Ben Chiarot on injured reserve in order to clear a roster spot for Pavelec. He has an upper body injury.
The 20-23-4 Jets open a four game home stand tomorrow night (Wednesday) at 6:30 p.m. when they host former team mate Alex Burmistrov and the Arizona Coyotes.