RALEIGH, N.C. – The Carolina Hurricanes announced that they acquired former Toledo defenseman Andrew Hutchinson from the Nashville Predators in exchange for a third-round pick (78th overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
Selected by Nashville in the second round (54th overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, Hutchinson scored seven points (2g-5a) in 10 games with Toledo and 26 points (9g-17a) in 63 regular season games and one goal in three postseason games with Milwaukee of the American Hockey League in 2002-03.
The 6-2 and 198-pound Hutchinson scored eight points (4g-4a) in 18 games with the Predators in 2003-04. The 25-year-old Hutchinson also scored 24 points (12g-12a) in 46 regular season games with 2004 AHL Calder Cup Champion Milwaukee.
Hutchinson returned to Milwaukee in 2004-05, scoring 45 points (10g-35a) in 76 games to set AHL career highs for games, goals, assists, points and penalty minutes (79) while ranking second among Admirals defensemen in scoring. In seven postseason games, he scored four points (1g-3a).