The Pittsburgh Penguins traded center Brandon Sutter to the Vancouver Canucks, along with a 2016 third round draft pick, for forward Nick Bonino, defenseman Adam Clendening, and a 2016 second round pick. When Pittsburgh acquired Phil Kessel it was only a matter of time before Brandon Sutter would be traded.
Last season for Pittsburgh in 80 games played, Brandon Sutter scored 21 goals and 12 assists with a plus-minus of plus six. He had a good season, helping Pittsburgh make a late push into the playoffs. In 33 career Stanley Cup playoff games, Sutter has scored eight goals and 12 total points.
Sutter, 26, was drafted in 2007 (11th overall) by the Carolina Hurricanes. After four seasons with the team that drafted him, he was traded to the Penguins with defenseman Brian Dumoulin and a 2012 first round draft pick, for center Jordan Staal.
Put him on the second or third line at center and he will produce good numbers for the team. He is known for scoring 20 goals with 10-plus assists per season, and that is good for a third or second line center. Sutter has the blood lines as he comes from a legendary hockey family. He is the son of former Calgary Flames center Brent Sutter.
Vancouver is getting a great young center in Sutter. He has potential to become a solid second line center, maybe even a first line center. He is going to be someone that Vancouver can use on the power play, since he is good on the power play. The draft pick is just to add in, to sweeten the deal for the Vancouver Canucks.
It was obvious that Pittsburgh was going to trade Sutter; there was no place for him on the team. The Pittsburgh Penguins got a pretty good package for Sutter; Nick Bonino is a good third line center behind Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. He will give the team some good depth center wise, on the third line or move him down to forth line. The team also gets a good prospect defenseman in Adam Clendening.