Matt Hackett is one for six since being pulled from the AHL to join the Sabres. One win is by no means a good statistic, however, last night he proved to be in the game with 33 saves against the Detroit Red Wings. Ted Nolan announced, today, that Hackett will act as goaltender for the remaining three games of the season.
"Hackett played well, he deserves it, so we'll probably go back with him."
Hackett will be goaltending against the New York Rangers, Boston Bruins and New York Islanders and he is eager to show the NHL that he can compete in this league.
"I just want to prove myself, show that I can play at this level," stated Hackett. "It sucks not winning, I feel like all year I've just been losing, losing, losing. It's been a tough year but I know that I'm getting stronger by this."
Hackett came from a 13-17 record with with Rochester Americans. It is no secret that he has not had a reining season. Nolan is proud with the transformation Hackett has made since coming to the Sabres.
"I think a different set of eyes, a different environment, different people you get different results. Everybody says the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and getting the same results. By him coming here, he had a different staffing coach to look at him.Some guys play better at certain levels. Maybe he feels real comfortable here," stated Nolan regarding Hackett's progress this season.
Hackett still has the opportunity to showcase his ability. This next week will be crucial in the future of his professional hockey careeer.
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