With genetics on his side, Brett Sutter might receive a second look on nights when comparable players may not. He’s the son of a NHL GM and his uncles make up the most storied hockey family in hockey history, but 18-year-old Brett says that while he fits the stereotypical Sutter mold, he’s his own player and that he’s not trying to ride on any coat tails.
In 70 games with the Kootenay Ice, Sutter scored 19 points but was one of only two non-goalies on the team to not have a positive plus/minus rating; the checking winger was even. Sutter added three points in the playoffs and was a +2 in Kootenay’s 16 games. It was the second season in Kootenay for Sutter who dressed 44 times for the Ice in 2003-04 and had 12 points. It’s disappointing that his point production actually decreased with an extra year of experience and maturity especially considering his year began at Canada’s U-18 camp in Calgary where he unsuccessfully competed for the opportunity to represent in Slovakia in August.
Sutter was chosen in the sixth round, 179th overall, of the 2005 NHL Draft by the Calgary Flames.
2006-07: Sutter finished his WHL career this season, playing in 67 games with the Red Deer Rebels. The center finished with Red Deer by setting career-highs in goals (28), assists (29), and points (57). He tallied another seven points (3g+4a) in seven playoff games in the Rebels’ postseason.
2007-08: This marked the center’s first season of pro hockey, which he spent with the QC Flames (AHL). In 75 games, Sutter potted four goals and 10 points, along with 63 penalty minutes.
2008-09: Sutter’s second AHL season was his best to date, which saw the center net 10 goals and 25 points through 71 games with the Quad City Flames (AHL). He also saw NHL action with Calgary, netting a goal in four games with the club.
Hard worker, like all Sutters. Good hockey sense, works the boards and is hard-nosed.
Sutter was dealt by the Minnesota Wild to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Scott Sabourin.