Player Review: Brandon Sutter

PHILADELPHIA - JANUARY 23: Brandon Sutter #16 of the Carolina Hurricanes skates against of the Philadelphia Flyers on January 23, 2010 at Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Flyers defeated the Hurricanes 4-2. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Brandon Sutter was the first round pick of the Carolina Hurricanes in 2007.  Sutter comes from a long line of hockey players and what some people would say is the first family of hockey.  He received his first NHL playing time in 2008-2009 playing a total of 50 games totaling 6 points including a goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins.  The big story was when he was knocked out in a center ice collision by Doug Weight of the New York Islanders, which pretty much the 2008-2009 campaign for Sutter.

The 2009-2010 did not start the way that Brandon Sutter had planned.  Even though Sutter had a great training camp he failed to make the 2009-2010 opening night roster.  However, Sutter did not let that deter him from accomplishing his dream.  In a season full of injuries it would not be long before he got his shot.  During his first full season Brandon became the first player since 1999-2000 season, Sergei Berezin scored 26 goals and 2 penalty minutes, to record 20 goals while only having 2 penalty minutes or less in a season.  Personally I believe that he should have been nominated for the Lady Byng Trophy.  We were also able to see how Brandon truly has the hockey mind of the Sutter family.  His smarts come across whenever giving a interview and he really knows how to carry himself.

Brandon Sutter made major strides in a season where the Hurricanes were out of it early in the season.  Sutter will be a major part of the Carolina Hurricanes future and could be the 2nd center behind Eric Staal.   Brandon’s offensive production came as a surprise to everyone, well at least this soon.  He was seen a good defensive center with the possibility of an offensive upside.  With what we have learned from Brandon this year we could see him average anywhere from 20-30 per season while being defensively responsible and a good penalty killer.  There is no where to go but up for Brandon Sutter as he should be a franchise corner stone now and in the future.

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