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Meet Lukas Sutter

Take a look at one of the newest additions to the Winnipeg Jets

Wednesday, 27.06.2012 / 4:34 PM / Feature
By Kristi Hennessy  - Coordinator, Web Content
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Meet Lukas Sutter
Yet another member of the Sutter family has joined the National Hockey League. Lukas Sutter, son of Rich Sutter, comes from a long list of hockey professionals. Central Scouting reports had Sutter ranked at 39th overall, which was bang on. Luckily for the Winnipeg Jets, young Sutter was available and up for grabs.

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Yet another member of the Sutter family has joined the National Hockey League. Lukas Sutter, son of Rich Sutter, comes from a long list of hockey professionals. Central Scouting reports had Sutter ranked at 39th overall, which was bang on. Luckily for the Winnipeg Jets, young Sutter was available and up for grabs.

"It's an honour and it's something that we take a lot of pride in," said Sutter on being the newest Sutter to join the league. “The last name is obviously a legacy in the game of hockey and it’s something that you want to live up to and something that I really pride myself on.

"Whenever you need a piece of advice, it doesn't matter who you go to whether it's dad or whether it's uncle Ronnie, you're going to get the same thing from each and every one of them. They know how to play the game and they know what they're talking about. It's definitely invaluable to have that support system."

One thing that stood out for Winnipeg Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff when the Jets interviewed Sutter was that although he comes from a well-known hockey family, he recognized that he's still an individual and that he controls his own future.

“Character, character, character, you can’t say that enough,” Chevy told NHL Live on Tuesday. “He’s someone who will work very hard to embody what a Sutter is but again he’s doing it on his own terms. He realizes that he is his own person and that is the essence of him is that he’s out to carve his own career and he’s going to do it and not be denied.”

Sutter was all smiles moments after the Winnipeg Jets called his name on Saturday morning in Pittsburgh.

"I’m really excited, to go to a hockey market like Winnipeg is a tremendous honour and I’m very proud to be a part of it. I can't even begin to put it into words- it was unbelievable. It's stressful when you get in there and it starts going so fast but once it's done, it's done, and it's truly unbelievable.”

Sutter has spent the last two seasons with the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League, boasting an impressive breakout season tallying 28 goals and 31 assists for 59 points in 70 games, with a plus-15 and 165 penalty minutes. He attributes a lot of his recent success to his coach Lorne Molleken.

"I had a lot of opportunities and I owe a lot to Lorne, he gave me a lot of opportunity to succeed and I just tried to take a lot from it. You obviously want to continue to grow as a player and I think my role will continue to expand and I think my physical game will probably start to come back more this year."

The Lethbridge, Alberta product describes himself as a gritty two-way centreman who can put pucks in the net and plays with a lot of sandpaper in his game-- something that really stood out with Chevy and his group.

“We really like the way he plays,” said Chevy. “He provides a lot of sandpaper for us and in the prospect category, he is someone that is very determined to play. He’s someone with the interview process and the way he plays, we were really excited to be able to get him.”

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