The 2018/19 NHL season for the Buffalo Sabres might only be three matches old, but Carter Hutton has already managed to save it from turning into a complete disaster. Not only has he managed to win two matches, but he also won over a massive fanbase. Within the last three matches, the Buffalo Sabres currently boasts with two victories and only one loss. This makes it the first time since the 2013 NHL season where the Buffalo Sabres have a win percentage that is above the .500 mark. In fact, its been a total of 457 matches since the Buffalo Sabres celebrated a winning record.
Hutton is undoubtedly the best player in the Buffalo Sabre squad so far and has already managed to pay dividends for Jason Botterill as general manager, who fortunately inked Hutton into a three-year contract valued at $8.25 million on 1 July 2018.
Hutton Makes Incredible Saves
In the last couple of years, when the Sabres’ opponents managed to break away, it was a given that the red light will soon flash thereafter. However, that quickly changed thanks to Hutton that managed to stop most of them which included an extremely rare three on one rush by the Rangers during their second match.
Things managed to fall apart for the Buffalo Sabres when Tage Thompson tried to skate the puck out of the Sabres zone. Nathan Beaulieu and Casey Nelson headed up the ice too, ahead of the puck. However, the puck was picked clean by the Ryan Spooner, Brett Howden, and Jesper Fast from the New York Rangers and all of them went in on Hutton who was completely alone.
“I’m unable to tell you what went through my mind,” stated Hutton. “It was one of those scenarios where you look up and just say, ‘Oh dear.’ I just stayed patient.”
It was an incredible highlight reel after the Sabres lost to the Boston Bruins in their opening game for the season. The entire team praised Hutton after the phenomenal save as well. Claiming the win was even better, for both the organisations and its fanbase.
People Listen When Hutton Talks
Hutton is a well-spoken and vocal athlete. He’s engaging, meticulous, and his candid nature and calm demeanour manages to ooze experience while portraying loads of confidence for himself and his teammates. He is certainly not shy to voice his opinions after a match either. Hutton is able to stay calm when he makes his unbelievable saves.
He managed to finish the match against the New York Rangers, claiming his first victory as a Buffalo Sabre and enjoyed the team’s first victory of the year as well. He was absolutely mind-blowing when he stopped shots, saving a total of 43 shots against the New York Rangers. He also managed to save a total of 35 shots while playing against the Vegas Golden Knights while playing at home. The Buffalo Sabres were outshot and out-attempted but still managed to walk away with a 4-2 win.