The Pittsburgh Penguins recent acquisition Brandon Sutter was stunned to say the least when he found out he was traded. I would imagine, there would be no way to prepare yourself for that, especially when he had no inclination that a trade would happen involving himself. He had looked upon himself as a building block at age 23. Fact is, he still is a building block, just not for Carolina Anymore.
Though he was stunned, after speaking to GM Ray Shero, Coach Bylsma and Sidney Crosby the excitement I am sure has set in. He has always been a talented center that could play both ways, though he is a center that has always played against the opposing teams best lines so he is used to playing against players like Crosby and Malkin. Sutter stated:
“I remember coming into Pittsburgh and playing against Crosby and Malkin, which wasn’t always a ton of fun,” he said. “I’m looking forward to being on the other side of that now.(quote from Sam Kasan of Penguins.com)
Sutter was drafted in 07′ the 11th overall pick, and was always expected to be a great defensive center. He felt though he really did not have a role in the offense, and with the Penguins, he thinks that could change. Although he stated he is his own man and does not feel like he has to fill Staal’s shoes, he knows there is an opportunity to not only kill penalties and play great defense but also to score. The Penguins have some real depth of talent and Sutter has some great skills so that should marry well.(Quote from Same Article sourced above)
“One thing I mentioned to (Carolina) was that I felt like I was stuck,” said Sutter, the 11th-overall pick in 2007. “They were always expecting me to be good defensively, which is fine, but in terms of offense there wasn’t a whole lot of opportunity.
Sutter admits the role he is about to take on is one he is comfortable with. As Penguin fans, we are all excited to watch him play this upcoming season.