2006-07: The 6’3, 175-pounder Brandon Sutter has become a reliable scorer during his two full seasons in the WHL. As a rookie, he led all 16-year-olds with 22 goals. This past season, he collected 20 goals and 37 assists in 71 games. Sutter played in the first game of the Canada/Russia Challenge in Chilliwack. He has international experience with Hockey Canada programs, most recently as a member of the 2006 U-18 team. Sutter was chosen in the first round, 11th overall, of the 2007 NHL Draft by the Carolina Hurricanes.
2007-08: Sutter picked up his goal scoring despite playing for one of the WHL’s youngest and lowest-scoring teams. His 26 goals were a career high on a team that scored only 145 on the season. While his assist numbers were down from his previous two junior seasons, it seems hardly a reason for concern given Red Deer’s struggles to put the puck in the net. Following the WHL season, Sutter joined Carolina’s AHL affiliate in Albany, playing 14 total games (seven in both the regular season and postseason), totaling one goal, three assists and six penalty minutes. Perhaps most important, Sutter was an integral part of Canada’s World Junior and Canada/Russia Super Series teams, serving as a shutdown center for both squads.
A versatile forward, he displays typical Sutter attributes including tenacious puck pursuit and a consistent work ethic.