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2007 Entry Draft Prospect Profile: Brandon Sutter

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
From May 7 through June 15, will be profiling 30 of the top prospects in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft in alphabetical order. Check back daily Monday through Friday, to learn more about the players who could become first round draft picks of the club. Philadelphia has two first round picks, including the second choice overall.

The 2007 NHL Entry Draft takes place on June 22 and 23 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

Brandon Sutter
2007 Team: Red Deer (WHL)
Position: Center/Right Wing
Shoots: Right
Height: 6’2’’
Weight: 170
DOB: 2-14-89

2007 Statistics
GP: 71    G: 20    A: 37    PTS: 57    PIM: 54

Brandon Sutter is coached in Red Deer by his father, former NHL player Brent Sutter. He comes from a long line of hockey-playing relatives, including five of his uncles.

Sutter is seen as a playmaking forward who can play center or wing. He is listed at 28th among Central Scouting’s list of North American skaters, but is 10th overall in The Hockey News and 20th overall by the International Scouting Service. Sutter’s strengths include his overall effort and work ethic, being very smart with the puck and an ability to play in any situation. Sutter could use improvement on his conditioning and ability to finish off his scoring chances.

Sutter just completed his second full season in the WHL as an assistant captain of the Red Deer Rebels in 2006-07; he led all WHL 16-year-old rookies with 22 goals and finished seventh among all WHL rookies with 46 points in 2005-06; was nominated for Eastern Conference WHL Rookie of the Year in 2006; was a member of Team Pacific that won a silver medal at the 2006 Under-17 World Hockey Challenge; and was one of three under-age players on the 2006 gold-medal winning Team Canada at the Junior World Cup.

The Flyers say…
“Brandon Sutter comes from good bloodlines, and is similar to the way his dad plays and knows the game. He plays both ends of the ice, and can play wing or center, but he’s probably going to be a center down the road. He needs to get stronger, but he’s smart and competitive.”
– Director of Hockey Operations Chris Pryor

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