It was the summer of 2007 when the Carolina Hurricanes took a dive into history, and by history I mean family history, and took a shot on a young kid from Red Deer. That kid was Brandon Sutter. Brandon is part of the rich Sutter legacy, well known for their roots in hockey all around the world.
When the Carolina Hurricanes selected him 11th in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft the Hurricanes knew exactly what they wanted, and got everything they could've asked for in Brandon Sutter.
His 2008-2009 rookie campaign started last season and he took a decent start before suffering a horrific concussion after a blow to the head by Doug Weight.
After that hit, his season took a slide downward. He was sent back to Albany in the AHL to brush up his game. He ended the season with a goal and five assists in 50 games.
He started the 2009-2010 season in Albany, but was called back up to the NHL in late October to get his second shot at making the Hurricanes. Three games into the season, he scored his first goal against the Philadelphia Flyers, the only goal for the Hurricanes in a 6-1 loss.
Since that game, the Hurricanes have given him the green light, as he started as an energy line forward and moved all the way up to a second-line stud.
He has played 15-plus minutes in almost every game he's played in this season, and had the green light in every situation from penalty kill to power play to shootouts.
Not only has he been given the green light with ease, he is on the verge of doing something nobody else has ever done in ten years.
Brandon Sutter is a few games away from being the first person in NHL history to score 20 goals in a season and record two penalty minutes or less in a season since Sergei Berezin did it in the 1999-2000 season.
The last time he recorded a penalty? That would be on December 18, 2009.
That was three months, a week, and six days ago, or, in hockey terms, 42 NHL games ago. Think about how hard that is. Think about all the stuff that goes on in a hockey game that you can get a penalty for.
With that being said, Brandon Sutter's second NHL season has already been solid. He currently has 20 goals and 18 assists in 61 games.
Brandon Sutter has maintained his composure this hockey season and this breakout season can definitely be historic for him and the NHL if he can accomplish this achievement.