The Winnipeg Jets have locked up a goaltending duo for St. John’s, and came to terms with defenceman Zach Redmond.
In St. John’s the tandem in net will be Eddie Pasquale and Michael Hutchinson, both inked to one-year deals with Winnipeg.
Redmond, 24, spent the 38 games before the lockout ended in St. John’s, but made his way to the NHL when the PA and league came to terms on a new CBA. Shortly after getting the call, however, Redmond suffered a gruesome leg injury when he was clipped with a skate. The injury, which caused the defenceman to lose a dangerous amount of blood, sidelined Redmond for nearly the rest of the season. Miraculously, Redmond came back before the season ended, and will now be back with the Jets on a two-way deal in 2013-14.
Pasquale, 22, was a fourth round pick of the Jets/Thrashers organization in 2009, and has since spent his entire professional career between the ECHL and AHL. Last season, while with St. John’s, Pasquale suited up for 43 contests and posted a 2.79 GAA and .907 SV%. A member of the 2011-12 AHL All-Rookie Team, Pasquale is entering his fourth pro season.
Hutchinson, a 23-year-old from Barrie, Ont., was a third round draft pick of the Boston Bruins in 2008. After failing to come to terms on a new contract with the Bruins, Hutchinson has hopped on with the Jets, but will suit up with the IceCaps next season. In 29 games with the Providence Bruins last year, largely in a backup role, Hutchinson posted a 2.30 GAA and .914 SV%. Like Pasquale, Hutchinson is entering his fourth season in the pros.