Ducks Pick Up Brian Sutherby

Jason HackettAnalyst INovember 19, 2007

The Anaheim Mighty Ducks have traded a second-round pick in the 2009 entry draft to Washington for Brian Sutherby.

Why?

It's quite simple—you can't win a Cup without depth.

At age 25, Sutherby has six years of NHL experience and isn't easy to push around.

GM Brian Burke likes guys who can hit and play a physical role on his team. Sutherby is a great checker with a sound defensive game. He can come in on the third line, fourth line, or even the penalty-kill unit.

Sutherby has never been known for his offensive game, even in juniors, and couldn't meet the Capitals' high hopes. In Anaheim, he won't be burdened with high expectations—he will just be expected to fill holes when they are created.

With five guys on Anaheim's roster already slated to play centre, don't expect him to play in with the Ducks any time soon—unless he transforms himself into a winger, or someone gets hurt.