Originally written on Hockey Fan Land  |  Last updated 11/19/14

PHILADELPHIA - JANUARY 23: Brandon Sutter #16 of the Carolina Hurricanes skates against of the Philadelphia Flyers on January 23, 2010 at Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Flyers defeated the Hurricanes 4-2. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
With the 2012-13 season upon us, it is time to take a lookat an offseason addition that everyone is anxious to see. We would like towelcome Brandon Sutter to the Pittsburgh Penguins as he comes to fill the roleof former-Penguin Jordan Staal. Following the news of Staal rejecting a$60-million, 10-year offer from the Penguins, it was only a matter of timeuntil GM Ray Shero pulled the trigger on a deal. He brought in Sutter from theCarolina Hurricanes along with the #8 overall pick (D – Derrick Pouliot) andtop defensive prospect Brian Dumoulin. On paper, this trade looks like awin-win for both teams. While Staal will be missed in Pittsburgh, Sutter canbring a comparable style of play and should thrive in a familiar role.   Sutter broke into the league during the 2008-09 season,appearing in 50 games and only scoring a single goal (which just happened to beagainst Marc-Andre Fleury). He followed up his rookie season by postingcareer-highs in goals (21), assists (19), and points (40) while becoming a perennialfan favorite. His last two seasons have been consistent while averaging about30 points. The statistics do not quite match up to Staal’s numbers, but luckilywe do not have to rely on his offensive abilities with the return of SidneyCrosby, the reigning MVP Evgeni Malkin, and 40-goal scorer James Neal.   The defensive abilities are what makes Sutter an excellenttwo-way forward and he often found himself matching up against opposing teams’top lines. In Carolina, he was relegated to the 3rd line centerposition behind the likes of Eric Staal, Jussi Jokinen, and Tuomo Ruutu. Heembraced the role, but it appeared as though he too, like Jordan, wanted alarger role. As a restricted free agent during the summer of 2011, Sutterrejected a long-term deal with the Hurricanes and instead opted for a 3-yeardeal ($2,066,667 per year according to CapGeek).     The new atmosphere might be a welcome change for the 23-yearold. Playing behind a juggernaut-like offense, sellout crowds every night, andthe prospect of playoff hockey have to be appealing. If the Black and Gold gamewas any indication of what to expect, it appears Sutter is rising to theoccasion as he finished with a goal and two assists. While the offensiveproduction is notable, he should really impress this season with his defensiveand penalty killing abilities. All signs are pointing to a great next two yearsfor Brandon and hopefully even longer in Pittsburgh.   Be sure to check out other great articles at Pens Universe | Real hockey. 
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