Brody Sutter
Image: NHL

Brody Sutter

Hometown:

Calgary Alberta

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1991-09-26

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2011

Height:

6-4

Acquired:

7th round (193rd overall), 2011

Weight:

190 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

2008-09: Brody Sutter began his WHL career with the Saskatoon Blades but was hampered by a shoulder injury and then caught in the numbers and traded to Lethbridge. In 18 games with Saskatoon he had 2 assists and 4 PMs with an even plus/minus. In 30 games for Lethbridge, he scored 4 goals with 3 assists and was +1 with 7 PMs. Sutter saw limited ice time in ten playoff games and had 2 PMs for the Hurricanes.

2009-10: Both Sutter and the Hurricanes had a forgettable season in his second WHL season. Lethbridge won just 20 games and failed to make the playoffs while Sutter had a team worst -30 plus/minus while scoring 4 goals with 3 assists and 7 PMs. Sutter was ranked 142nd among North American skaters by Central Scouting but was not selected in the 2010 NHL Draft.

2010-11: Sutter attended Florida Panthers camp as a free agent but was not signed to a contract. He came into his own in his third WHL campaign despite nagging injuries, particularly a shoulder problem, which limited him to 46 games. Playing much of the time on a line with WHL veterans Cam Braes and Austin Fyten, Sutter scored 18 goals with 24 assists and was +1 with 35 PMs. After mising most of the first two months, Sutter had three assists in his third game of the season in early December against Moose Jaw and he was pretty much a fixture on the scoresheet for the rest of the year. Sutter was not listed on Central Scouting’s final list of North American skaters but was selected by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 7th round (193rd overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.

2011-12: Sutter made his pro hockey debut – skating in four games for Carolina’s AHL affiliate Charlotte – following a big season with the WHL’s Lethbridge Hurricanes. His only point with the Checkers came in the final game of the season when he scored a goal against Rockford. Sutter was Lethbridge’s leading scorer with 30 goals and 30 assists in 65 games and was minus-17 with 49 penalty minutes. The Hurricanes missed the WHL playoffs; finishing last in the Central Division. Sutter signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Hurricanes in June, 2012.

2012-13: Sutter began his first pro season with Florida in the ECHL due in part to the NHL lockout. He was re-called by Carolina’s AHL affiliate in Charlotte in February and was the Checkers’ second-leading scorer in the playoffs. Sutter scored 3 goals with 2 assists and was -1 with 13 penalty minutes in 23 regular season games for Charlotte. In the five-game playoff series with Oklahoma he scored 2 goals with 3 assists and was +3 with 2 penalty minutes. Sutter skated in 37 ECHL games for the Everblades, scoring 8 goals with 8 assists, and was -3 with 13 penalty minutes.

2013-14: Sutter skated in 69 of 76 games for Carolina AHL affiliate Charlotte in his second pro season. He scored 8 goals with 20 assists and had an even plus/minus with 29 penalty minutes. Three of his eight goals were game winners. The Checkers missed the playoffs; finishing fourth in the West Division. 

Talent Analysis

Sutter has a huge, intimidating frame though he does not play an overly abrasive style. Steadily adapting to the level of play in pro hockey, he is an energy player who plays an honest two-way game; occasionally chipping in offensively.

Future

Sutter attended his third training camp with the Hurricanes and is in his third year of his original three-year entry-level contract with Carolina in 2014-15. After opening the season with AHL affiliate Charlotte, he shuttled between the Hurricanes and Checkers — appearing in his first four NHL games. Back in the AHL at the start of November, Sutter is a dependable fourth line fill-in and may continue in that role. Long-term, his 20 assists at the AHL level in 2013-14 suggest he may have some untapped offensive potential to his game.

Lindholm stays atop Carolina Hurricanes 2014 Fall Top 20 Rankings

by Cory Lavalette
on

Elias Lindholm - Carolina Hurricanes

The Carolina Hurricanes are hoping for a strong sophomore season from forward Elias Lindholm. The Hurricanes selected Lindholm fifth overall in the 2013 NHL Draft. (Courtesy of Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

The one place the Carolina Hurricanes have benefited from five seasons out of the postseason is in the prospect department. Carolina has selected in the top 12 in four of the last five drafts, giving them a core of solid young players on which to rebuild the franchise and return to the playoffs.

Read more»

McGinn, defensemen top awards list for Carolina Hurricanes prospects

by Cory Lavalette
on

Brock McGinn - Carolina Hurricanes

Photo: Forward Brock McGinn had a strong 2013-14 season in the OHL, posting 43 goals and 42 assists in 58 games. McGinn was selected 47th overall in the 2012 NHL Draft. (Courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Despite five straight years without a postseason bid, the Carolina Hurricanes do have some light at the end of the tunnel. The team's NHL roster boasted several players 25 or younger, plus several of Carolina's junior and collegiate prospects had good seasons.

Read more»

Lindholm, Murphy top Carolina Hurricanes Spring Top 20 ranking

by Cory Lavalette
on

Elias Lindholm - Carolina Hurricanes

Photo: Forward Elias Lindholm has gradually found his footing at the NHL level. Selected fifth overall in the 2013 NHL Draft, Lindholm currently has four goals and eight assists through 35 NHL games. (courtesy of Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)

The good news for the Carolina Hurricanes is they have several players younger than 25 – two at the top of this ranking – who have contributed for them in the NHL this season. The big question is how many of the rest will eventually make their way to Raleigh.

Read more»

Minor league affiliate for Carolina Hurricanes plagued by injuries

by Robert Theodorson
on

Michal Jordan - Carolina Hurricanes

Photo: Now in his fourth season of professional hockey, defenseman Michal Jordan has developed into a solid stay-at-home option for the Charlotte Checkers. Jordan currently has a goal and eight assists through 30 AHL games. (courtesy of Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon SMI)

The Carolina Hurricanes have more or less all their eggs in one basket, with the majority of their prospects playing for the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL. With the sheer number of prospects Carolina is playing at the professional level, one would expect better results in the AHL. That is not the case however, as the Checkers currently rank 11th in the AHL's Western Conference.

Read more»

Prospect pool under construction for Carolina Hurricanes

by Robert Theodorson
on

Ryan Murphy - Carolina Hurricanes

Photo: Rookie defenseman Ryan Murphy began the 2013-14 season in the NHL and has looked very good so far. Murphy was the 12th overall selection in the 2011 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon SMI)

With the lack of high-end talent in their farm system and an urgent need for game changers at the professional level, the Carolina Hurricanes find themselves in a familiar position. The organization made bold moves by putting top prospects Ryan Murphy and Elias Lindholm on their NHL roster to start the 2013-14 season. Now once again, the minor ranks are depleted of high-end talent and the Hurricanes' success relies on several rookies making an immediate impact.

Read more»

Related Articles