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Brandon Sutter Blog

Tuesday, 09.23.2008 / 9:34 AM / 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

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 65 41 18 6 175 146 88
2 NYI 66 42 21 3 211 185 87
3 TBL 66 40 20 6 217 173 86
4 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 66 35 21 10 194 164 80
8 BOS 63 31 22 10 168 165 72
9 FLA 65 28 23 14 159 185 70
10 PHI 65 28 25 12 173 187 68
11 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 65 26 34 5 175 199 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 62 12 28 -18 40
E. Staal 57 18 20 -12 38
E. Lindholm 61 11 16 -18 27
J. Skinner 57 16 10 -17 26
N. Gerbe 58 7 16 -10 23
R. Nash 59 7 15 -10 22
V. Rask 60 8 12 -16 20
J. McClement 62 6 13 3 19
J. Staal 26 4 12 -4 16
A. Nestrasil 34 4 11 4 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 17 20 4 .911 2.43
A. Khudobin 7 11 3 .905 2.61