Very, very unlikely Hutton ever developes into anything more than he is now, a decent AHL 1A/B goalie. I'd be surprised if he made the NHL as a consistent back-up and absolutely shocked if he became a "future NHL star".
The only player in Rockford history to earn TWO AHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARDS inone season (with games still to go)...this must indicate something...save % upto .916 now ...pretty good NCAA goalie for U. Mass-Lowell --he got progressively better each year (Fr. --.889;Soph---.909; Jr. ---.916; Sr. --- .928)--again getting better indicates something....there is nothing to say he can't become a very good NHL goalie if he keeps improving..
Desperate times call for desperate measures. I wouldn't be upset if Hawks gave him a shot. NOW.
And better yet, give him that shot when he's feeling it. Who knows what can happen. He could give up 5 goals to the Blues or 4 goals to L.A. Or he could improve the goaltending position, you never know and this is the kind of situation where a guy like Hutton gets his chance. If I was him, I'd be looking at the Hawks and thinking it's right there.
Heh, well one needs to be dressed in case Hutton gets hurt. I would definitely give Crawford the nod for sitting in the press box. He's been paid 3.25 mil this season to be one of the worst goalies in the NHL.