Another Sutter set to make NHL debut
The Sutter family tradition continues.
Calgary Flames general manager Darryl Sutter made an interesting roster move Monday when he recalled Brett Sutter, his 21-year-old son, from Quad City, the team's American Hockey League affiliate in the U.S. Midwest.
The young Sutter practised with his teammates Monday and is expected to skate on the team's fourth line alongside Andre Roy and Eric Nystrom when the Flames host the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night.
When he does make his NHL debut, Brett will become the eighth Sutter to grace the league with his presence, after his dad and five uncles (Brent, Brian, Duane, Rich and Ron).
Also, Brett's cousin Brandon plays with the Carolina Hurricanes.
A sixth-round pick (179th overall) in the 2005 NHL draft, Brett has one goal in 28 games for Quad City this season, adding six assists along with 21 penalty minutes.
"Everybody makes a big deal about his last name, but there's been lots [of Sutters] before him and there will be ones after him," Darryl Sutter told the Calgary Sun.
The call-up from the minors caught the young Sutter by surprise, as he was planning on spending Christmas with his family in Viking, Alta.
Keeping it simple
"It was a really big shock. I just flew home to the farm [in Viking] for Christmas and got the call," said Brett.
"There's a bit of nerves, but at the same time you've got to keep yourself grounded and level-headed. Just focus on playing your game, not doing anything out of the ordinary. Just keep it simple and there you go."
Brett Sutter will be thrown into the fire, so to speak, as the Flames will be looking to win on home ice for the first time in four games. Calgary's recent home-ice woes come after the team won nine of its first 13 home games this season.
The Flames opened their current five-game homestand with a 3-2 loss to Chicago last Friday, a game that saw Calgary go 0-for-4 on the power play.
"We had a lot a chances to finish — I myself had a few chances — in the third, but we didn't finish," said Rene Bourque, who has five points (three goals, two assists) in his last four games for the Flames.
Calgary hasn't lost four in a row at home in over six years.