Breaking News – Sens Trade For Depth Dman
Just announced, Andy Sutton has been traded to Ottawa for SJ’s 2nd round pick.
So who is this Andy Sutton?
In a word…MONSTER!
He can’t shoot (accurately).
He can’t pass, like an All Star.
He can’t score…much.
So get the offensive side of the game out of your head right now.
But, he can hit, like a Mack truck, and does so often, and with vigour.
He can block shots, like a puck magnet.
He can mix it up, with any and all comers.
He can defend, and is among the best pure defensive Dmen in the game, rated number 1 by CBSSports.com among all NHL defenseman in their “defensive defenseman” metric.
Andy Sutton has been playing a #2 role on the lackluster NYI’s, a team ranked 26th in the league for GA/G, and yet he is only a minus 3…MINUS 3!
We’re talking all star calibre defense here folks…not All star all around Dman, just defense and grit.
Sutton will make any and all forwards earn every inch of ice in the defensive zone. He’ll keep any net crashers bobbing and weaving. He will dominate his corner.
And, not to be understated, he will provide Clouston with one more tool in his pest control arsenal. No longer will Carks be asked to carry the load “grit” wise from the blueline. No longer will the opposition be able to target Carks, drawing him into fights, just to get him off the ice. Now Sutton is there to split that work load, and all but eliminate that tactic.
The Sens have just landed a legitimate NHL defender, with size, grit, and aggression.
Like Carkner and Volchenkov, you don’t look for Sutton’s value in the offensive stats, you look at the “Black&Blue” stat., combined hits & blocked shots.
#1 Andy Sutton – 5.7/G
#2 Stepen Robidas – 5.4/G
Volchenkov – 5.4/G
Carks, Volchy and Sutton, the Ottawa Ogres!