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Brandon Sutter | Center

Team: Pittsburgh Penguins
Age / DOB:  (25) / 2/14/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 183
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Third-line center Brandon Sutter had the winning goal in Game 1, a 4-3 triumph over the Columbus Blue Jackets, when the Penguins’ top four scorers combined for no goals and a minus-4 rating.
Big goals from Sutter don't surprise Pittsburgh coach Dan Blysma. "When he’s scored a goal, it’s always been a big goal," Bylsma said. "He’s right around the number he always seems to be at — 12 to 15 goals a year — but they always seem to be big goals." Eight of the Penguins’ 12 points in Game 1 were produced by defensemen or forwards who finished the game skating on the bottom two lines. The teams meet again for Game 2 today. Apr 19 - 10:08 AM

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Brandon Sutter netted the game-winning goal for Pittsburgh in Game 1 of their first round series.

This was Sutter's first postseason game-winning goal in 16 career games. Sutter isn't much of an offensive force, but he's a great third-line center and an important part of the Penguins' bid to win the Stanley Cup.
Apr 17 - 10:19 AM

With all-stars such as Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz out of the lineup, the Penguins got a two-goal night out of center Brandon Sutter Sunday night.

Sutter scored the first two goals of the game in the Penguins' 3-2 shootout win over the Avalanche in Colorado. They were Sutter's 12th and 13th goals of the season. Jussi Jokinen had the lone goal in a shootout. Jokinen put a backhand over Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov in the second round. The Penguins played without a number of injured players, including Crosby, who missed his first game of the season because of an upper-body injury. Crosby leads the NHL with 102 points (36 goals, 66 assists).
Apr 6 - 10:41 PM

Brandon Sutter will get a chance to center the Penguins' second line in Evgeni Malkin's absence.

Malkin is expected to miss the next 2-3 weeks, which basically translates to the being sidelined for the rest of the regular season. Sutter has been serving primarily as a bottom-six forward with Pittsburgh, so it will be interesting to see what he will do with this opportunity. His linemates will be Jussi Jokinen and James Neal.
Mar 25 - 5:54 PM

The Pittsburgh Penguins have reportedly offered Brandon Sutter to the Vancouver Canucks as part of a package for Ryan Kesler.

The Canucks will also get to pick between defenseman Simon Despres or Brian Dumoulin and receive the Penguins first and third-round selections in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Philadelphia is also reportedly pursuing Kesler, so the Canucks might be able to maximize their return by pitting the bitter rivals against each other.
Mar 4 - 11:01 AM

Brandon Sutter has shifted from his normal position as the team's third-line center to serve as its top right winger.

Sutter will play alongside Chris Kunitz and Sidney Crosby on Wednesday. This is a first for Sutter as he's never served as a winger in the NHL. "It'll be pretty cool," Sutter said. "I'm actually looking forward to the opportunity and I don't now what the plan is moving forward in terms of when we start getting guys back or whatever, but for now I'm going to go there and try to have some fun and I'm looking forward to it." This is likely a temporary assignment influenced by the Penguins long list of injured players, but it should still boost Sutter's short-term fantasy value.
Jan 15 - 4:06 PM

Brandon Sutter collected an empty-net goal on Monday.

It ended a seven-game goal scoring slump. The Penguins have been pleased with Sutter's contributions on the third line, but he would like to contribute more offensively. As it is, he doesn't have much fantasy value with six goals and 13 points in 35 games in 2013-14.
Tue, Dec 17, 2013 10:44:00 AM

The Pittsburgh Penguins have been very happy with Brandon Sutter's efforts on the third line.

"I think Brandon has played his best hockey in his last 15 games," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. Sutter has five goals and 11 points in 32 contests this season, but he's mostly known for his defensive efforts. With that in mind, he's happy with how he's been playing, even if he would like to chip in more offensively. Aside from him, the third line has been a revolving door for players and while he doesn't feel that hurts the line defensively, it does make it harder for him to develop the chemistry with others that leads to goals.
Thu, Dec 12, 2013 10:20:00 AM

Brandon Sutter scored his first goal of the season Wednesday in the Penguins 3-2 win.

There may have been some doubt as to whether or not Sutter was going to suit up on Wednesday as it was thought he could be dealing with a hand or wrist injury picked up on Monday. But he played and potted his first of the season.
Thu, Oct 31, 2013 08:29:00 AM

Brandon Sutter might be dealing with a hand or wrist injury.

Sutter appeared to sustain the ailment during Monday's game and while he didn't leave that contest, he skipped Tuesday's practice for "maintenance" reasons. It might be best to consider him questionable for Wednesday's game until more information is available.
Wed, Oct 30, 2013 11:04:00 AM

It's no longer a big deal for Brandon Sutter to be facing his ex-Carolina Hurricane teammates.

Sutter was traded in the Jordan Staal deal and Monday's matchup will be the fifth time since the trade. "The first couple [of games] are kind of tough, but I think that now, I'm kind of past that," Sutter said. "We played them already this year and it just felt like a normal game. It just feels like playing hockey." Sutter has four assists in 11 games this season after scoring 11 goals and 19 points in 48 games last year.
Mon, Oct 28, 2013 10:11:00 AM

Brandon Sutter scored the only goal for the Pittsburgh Penguins in Tuesday's 6-1 Game 3 loss.

Sutter snapped one past Tuukka Rask not long after Marc-Andre Fleury replaced Tomas Vokoun. For a minute, it appeared the Penguins were poised to get back into the game and the series, but Brad Marchand's goal less 25 seconds later seemingly put an end to that idea. Truth be told, if Sutter is Pittsburgh's leading scorer, chances are the night is not going as planned.
Mon, Jun 3, 2013 10:59:00 PM

Brandon Sutter is hoping to chip in offensive in the Eastern Conference finals.

If the Boston Bruins prioritize shutting down the Penguins' top two lines, then it will be up to Sutter and the rest of the third line to pick up the slack. "Our line can't just play defense," Sutter said. "We need to score goals. We know it." Pittsburgh will attempt to bounce back after suffering a 3-0 loss in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Mon, Jun 3, 2013 10:37:00 AM

Brandon Sutter is still learning during his first playoff appearance.

"I think in the first series for Brandon against the Islanders, he found out a little bit about playoff hockey," coach Dan Bylsma said. "The intensity of it, the ups and downs, the emotions of winning hockey games and losing hockey games. The big game in Game 5 (when he won 67 percent of his faceoffs), Game 6 (when he won only 28 percent), all those things you learn." He will enter the Eastern Conference Finals with one goal and one assist in 11 playoff games, but led the Penguins with two goals in three regular-season contests against the Boston Bruins.
Tue, May 28, 2013 08:26:00 AM

Brandon Sutter believes the Penguins began to play better defensively toward the end of their series win over Ottawa.

The Penguins are well-known for their offensive play, but the team's defense, led by the underrated Sutter, is a crucial factor in their success. "The last two games were our best two defensive games of the series," Sutter said. "That seems to be the difference for us. We score more goals when we play better defense. We know we can score goals. We have a lot of weapons, obviously. When we take care of our own end, it's kind of a special group." The Penguins will have their work cut out for them as they take on the Bruins in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Sun, May 26, 2013 08:27:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Sidney Crosby
2Evgeni Malkin
3Brandon Sutter
4Joe Vitale
5Brian Gibbons
6Marcel Goc
LW1Chris Kunitz
2Jussi Jokinen
3Beau Bennett
4Tanner Glass
5Taylor Pyatt
RW1James Neal
2Pascal Dupuis
3Lee Stempniak
4Craig Adams
5Jayson Megna
D1Kris Letang
2Paul Martin
3Matt Niskanen
4Olli Maatta
5Brooks Orpik
6Rob Scuderi
7Deryk Engelland
8Robert Bortuzzo
9Brian Dumoulin
G1Marc-Andre Fleury
2Jeff Zatkoff
3Tomas Vokoun