If you didn’t see this coming from Brandon Sutter following his recall to the Hurricanes on October 24, you’re not alone.
Expectations have always been high for the 20-year-old, who the team chose with their first-round pick, 11th overall, in 2007. But to score nine points in his first 13 games of the season, fill in admirably for the injured Eric Staal on the first line and serve as the team’s best forward for many of those games?
“He’s really ahead of schedule, and maybe ahead of projections, with the skill level and the offense he’s shown,” said General Manager Jim Rutherford, who had originally planned for Sutter play at least half of the season with Albany of the American Hockey League. “We always knew he’d be an impact player for our organization because he’s such a smart player, but at this age, to score the kind of goals he’s scoring, we’ve seen a whole other side of him. That’s great news for this organization.”