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Brandon Sutter Blog

Tuesday, 09.23.2008 / 9:34 AM ET / Tracking the Storm
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Brandon Sutter Blog

Ed note: We told you we'd have a special guest every now and then on Tracking the Storm, and today is the first such occasion.  As longtime visitors of the site know well, our attempts at player blogs over the years haven't worked out that well - no offense to Cam Ward and Mike Commodore, whose blogs all typically began with the phrase "Sorry I haven't written in a while..." 

Rather than put the burden on one player to check in often amid the busy season, we've decided it would be better to rotate through the roster for brief updates throughout the year.

This year's first player-blogger is 2007 first-round draft pick Brandon Sutter, who's in his second training camp with the Canes.


After doing so much last summer, it was awesome to go home and relax for a few weeks.  I started my training in the springtime, and it was nice not having to go anywhere or do too much.  It was relaxing and gave me more time to work on the weights.

Sutter

Over the summer I just kind of worked hard and had to get bigger and stronger.  I did what I had to do to try and stay here.  I did a lot of weights, squats and stuff like that to try and build up my lower body as much as I can.  I’ve been trying to keep my conditioning up as well.  Just talking with the trainers and stuff, I think everybody kind of has their own program back at home, but you just try to do what the Hurricanes give you to try and adjust to workouts and get better at them.

It was nice coming in here last year and kind of getting my feet wet.  Coming back this year I feel much more comfortable, and my expectation is to make the team.  It’s been awesome so far, the first couple of practices I’ve been with Bayda and LaRose, who are really good guys and that helps.  So far it’s gone really well and they’re helping me a lot.

It was nice to get back into a game scenario at the Red/White game.  I think a lot of guys were a little nervous at the start, but once the game got on I kind of felt better, and it’s just a matter of kind of getting your game back.

Exhibition starts up this week, and hopefully I can stick around and make them believe I can play here.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Skinner 82 28 23 -2 51
V. Rask 80 21 27 -6 48
J. Staal 82 20 28 6 48
E. Lindholm 82 11 28 -23 39
J. Faulk 64 16 21 -22 37
K. Versteeg 63 11 22 -6 33
E. Staal 63 10 23 -3 33
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81