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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 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 70 21 28 -12 49
J. Faulk 75 15 32 -17 47
E. Lindholm 74 16 21 -19 37
J. Skinner 70 18 13 -21 31
V. Rask 73 11 20 -12 31
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
N. Gerbe 71 8 17 -13 25
J. McClement 75 7 13 -3 20
A. Nestrasil 47 7 13 4 20
J. Staal 39 4 16 -7 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 20 21 5 .911 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 15 6 .904 2.60