The Owls boss has suggested where the utility man will be deployed most often next season.
Sheffield Wednesday's Sam Hutchinson
The 26-year-old has developed a reputation for being something of a utility man at Hillsborough due to his versatility, but was often used in a holding or central midfield role last season.
However, after playing alongside Tom Lees at the back for their pre-season friendly against Alfreton Town this week, Carvalhal confirmed that the former Chelsea man will be used in that position a lot more often this coming year.
"Sam will probably play more centre-back than in midfield this season," he told the Star. "He has played well there in the past and was good against Alfreton.
"Sam gave a big confidence to the team. Both he and Tom [Lees] are strong and fast."
Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal
With the Portuguese confirming that skipper Glenn Loovens will miss the start of the campaign after he had surgery on an ankle injury (via Sheffield Star), the Owls could have gone into the new season relying on a handful of options who barely featured for the side last term, or spent much of the year out on loan.
However, Hutchinson proved last year that if he is able to stay fit, then he is one of the most reliable performers in the Wednesday squad.
His fighting spirit just in front of the back four was a key reason why the side enjoyed the success they did, and his ability on the ball should provide the back-line with some additional composure that will inevitably boost their chances of putting themselves in the promotion picture once again this year.