The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired forward Brandon Sutter, defenseman Brian Dumoulin and a 2012 first-round draft pick (8th overall) from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Jordan Staal, it was announced by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero. Pittsburgh then used the draft pick to select defenseman Derrick Pouliot from the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League.
Sutter, 23, recently completed his fourth NHL season with the Hurricanes, tallying 17 goals and 32 points while appearing in all 82 regular-season contests. Sutter ranked fourth (tied) in the NHL with a career-high three shorthanded goals.
The 6-foot-3, 183-pound Sutter has appeared in 286 career regular-season games with Carolina, totaling 53 goals, 54 assists, 107 points and a plus-8 rating. Originally Carolina’s first-round draft pick in 2007 (11th overall), Sutter’s best season came in 2009-10 when he registered 21 goals and 40 points in 72 regular-season games.
Sutter, whose father Brent played and coached in the NHL, is one of nine members of the Sutter family to play in the NHL, joining number that also includes uncles Brian, Darryl, Duane, Rich, and Ron, and cousins Shaun and Brett.
Prior to joining the Hurricanes, Sutter played four seasons with Red Deer of the Western Hockey League from 2004-08, where he was coached by his father. Sutter scored 68 goals, 86 assists and 154 points in 205 career regular-season games. He added eight points (1G-7A) in 14 postseason games with Red Deer.
Dumoulin (Do-mah-lin), 20, played the past three seasons with reigning NCAA national champion Boston College Eagles. Carolina signed the 6-foot-4, 210-pound Dumoulin to a three-year entry-level contract earlier this spring.
This season, Dumoulin scored seven goals and 28 points in 44 games with the Eagles. Dumoulin’s awards from this past year included being named Best Defensive Defenseman by Hockey East, Hockey East First-Team All-Star, NCAA East First-Team All-American and the Frozen Four All-Tournament Team.
Originally Carolina’s second-round draft pick (51st overall) in 2009, Dumoulin appeared in 123 career games with Boston College, accumulating 11 goals and 83 points. In 2010-11, Dumoulin won his first Hockey East Best Defensive Defenseman honor and he was named All-Hockey East First-Team. Dumoulin was also a member of Boston College’s ’09-10 national championship squad.
The left-handed shooting Dumoulin represented the United States at the 2011 World Junior Championships, notching two assists and a plus-four rating in six games.
Pouliot, 18, was a teammate this year with Pittsburgh’s 2011 first-round draft pick, Joe Morrow. Pouliot (5-foot-11, 186 pounds) placed second among Portland defensemen behind Morrow with 59 points (11G-48A) in 72 regular-season games.