2009-10: Lukas Sutter skated for the USA in the 2009 U17 Five Nations Tournament in Germany in the summer before re-injuring his shoulder and missing nearly four months after undergoing surgery. He skated for the Lethridge Y’s Men Hurricanes in Alberta midget hockey and made his WHL debut with Saskatoon. He was scoreless with 2 penalty minutes in four games for Team USA. In 18 games with the Hurricanes, including five playoff contests, he scored 8 goals with 7 assists and had 20 penalty minutes. Selected in the second round (42nd overall) of the 2008 WHL Bantam Draft by Saskatoon, he had 1 assist and was minus-one with 8 penalty minutes in seven regular season games for the Blades. Saskatoon, which finished second in the East Division with the WHL’s third-best record, advanced to the second round of the WHL playoffs. In five playoff games Sutter was minus-one with no points and 2 penalty minutes.
2010-11: Sutter skated in 71 of 72 games in his first full WHL season with the Blades. Playing in primarily a fourth-line role on a Saskatoon that had a league-high 115 points, Sutter scored 4 goals with 15 assists and was plus-one. He led the Blades with 179 penalty minutes. Saskatoon reached the second round of the playoffs, falling to eventual WHL champion Kootenay. In 10 playoff games Sutter had an even plus-minus with no points and 6 penalty minutes.
2011-12: Sutter went from a support role to being the Blades’ third-leading scorer and again led Saskatoon in penalty minutes. In 70 games he scored 28 goals with 31 assists and was plus-15 with 165 penalty minutes. The Blades finished third in the East Division and were swept by Medicine Hat in a first round playoff series. Sutter had 2 assists and was minus-three with 14 penalty minutes in the playoffs. He was invited to the NHL Draft Combine and was ranked 39th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft.
2012-13: An assistant captain and one of four players to skate in all 72 games for Saskatoon, Sutter played a two-way, physical forward role for the Blades in his third WHL season. On a team with high end offensive players Matej Stransky (Dallas) and Josh Nichols (NYR), Sutter scored 13 goals with 11 assists and was -8 while leading the Blades with 168 penalty minutes. Saskatoon finished first in the East Division but was swept by Medicine Hat in a first round playoff series. Sutter scored 2 goals and was -4 with 6 penalty minutes in four playoff games. The Blades participated in the Memorial Cup as the host team; handing eventual champion Halifax its only loss before being eliminated two games later. Sutter had 2 assists and was -3 with 10 penalty minutes in four Memorial Cup games.
Another in the long line of Sutters that has passed through the NHL, Sutter is a well-rounded player with a mix of offense and grit in his game. He has the size to be a power forward, and enough ability to be more than just a fourth-line banger. Sutter may not have high-end talent, but he has enough skill to land second- or third-line duty.