Brandon Sutter; Linemates and potential offensively
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09-10-2012, 12:22 PM
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Haven't talked a ton about Sutter since the trade but I'm really intrigued about the possibility of him developing here. On the Canes board, fans love the guy and their fans always claim that he never got chances to thrive offensively. Interestingly enough, some Canes fans even suggest that he could be a high quality winger due to his speed and ability to use his size along the boards.
Where do you think he fits in short/long term with this team? Does he have 1st PP potential? Is it possible that he could fill a role in the top 6 on the wing?
Just curious to hear everyone's thoughts. Obviously, most people will suggest he's a third line center but I'm intrigued by the possibility of him taking spot shifts with Sid/Geno or possibly getting some PP time. It seems like the tools are there but the opportunity hasn't been. Interested to hear everyone else's thoughts!
Cooke is going to be a staple on his line. They will have very difficult assignments with a high % of defensive zone starts. Do not expect much production out of him because his competition will become tougher and he will not have a ton of scoring talent on his wing. His other winger will probably be Jeffrey (and maybe rotating) IMO as he is the best available defensive forward for a 3rd line spot. They will do well just nullifying other team's top lines by making them play in the D zone (like Staal did).
Decent PP potential (around 3-4 pts/60min 5v4 time) - around Kunitz level - and better than Staal. #2 PP with our long term roster of Malkin, Crosby, Neal.
TK will finally be promoted (deservedly) to a top 6 position with Crosby so I do not think he will skate much with Sutter. TK would be a huge improvement to Sutter's point totals. Tangradi is not good enough or defensively responsible enough to skate on our 3rd line (against #1-#2 lines). Bylsma may experiment with him here, but I would be surprised with good results.
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