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Call-Up a Chance for Sutter to Build on Strong Camp

Monday, 10.17.2011 / 2:31 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Michael Smith
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Call-Up a Chance for Sutter to Build on Strong Camp

Even though Brett Sutter had a strong training camp, the numbers didn’t work in his favor. Five games into the Carolina Hurricanes’ regular season, however, he finds himself back with the team.

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Zac Dalpe suffered a lower-body injury Friday night in Buffalo. He is out on a week-to-week basis. That left a fourth-line forward slot open, one the Canes could have filled with any one of five or so players in Charlotte. Sutter was the one to arrive in Raleigh.

 “He got called up based on what management saw in the games he played,” head coach Paul Maurice said. “It’s not enough to have a good camp here. You have to go back there with the right attitude.”

So that’s what Sutter did after training camp. He was then named captain of the Charlotte Checkers.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by your coaches and teammates,” he said. “I’m not a big vocal guy, so I just try to go out and lead by example in working hard everyday. If something needs to be said, I’ll say it. But there are a lot of leaders in that room, so I just try to be myself.”

Sutter doesn’t have the offensive numbers that other potential call-ups have. Jon Matsumoto is atop the AHL in points with 9 (3g, 6a). Drayson Bowman and Zach Boychuk both have 4 points. Sutter has yet to find the scoresheeet, but Hurricanes’ management wasn’t necessarily looking for that this time around.

“We need to play guys that will battle pucks out and battle pucks in, so he should be a good fit there,” Maurice said, in reference to Sutter playing on the fourth line.

“I like to play a physical game,” Sutter said. “I like to be a little greasy, create some energy and go to the net.”

This morning in practice, Sutter was already getting instruction from his new linemates. Anthony Stewart was diagramming at center ice at one point.

“[Brent and Stewart] are pretty vocal guys and pretty easy to talk to,” Sutter said. “So they’re telling me things they’ve been working on, spots to be and things to look for on the ice. I’m looking forward to playing with them.”

Sutter saw one game with the Hurricanes last season, a Saturday night tilt in Tampa Bay in which he played just over four minutes. Tomorrow, he’ll face a gritty Boston team that will no doubt be looking to top the Canes after losing here last Wednesday.

Boston is a team Sutter is not totally unfamiliar with, either. With Calgary in 2009-10, Sutter saw 12:42 of ice time at TD Banknorth Garden in a game that he said they “got smoked.” That’s about what happened – Boston beat the Flames 5-0.

Sutter also said he watched last week’s game on television, so he knows a bit of what to expect tomorrow night.

Though he will probably be returned to Charlotte once Dalpe heals, Sutter relishes in this call-up, a chance to build on the foundation laid with a strong camp.

“You work for these opportunities,” he said. “My dad told me the first time I got called up that if I wasn’t nervous, I wasn’t ready. I still get nervous every time I get called up. That’s the way I like it.”

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  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