The Winnipeg Jets select Lukas Sutter with the 39th overall pick of the 2012 NHL Draft

Jonathan Willis
June 23 2012 10:24AM

The Winnipeg Jets have settled on their second-round selection, opting for forward Lukas Sutter.

Red Line Report had Sutter ranked as the 37th-best player in the draft; here is their profile on him:

Plays exactly the type of hard-nosed hockey you’d expect from a Sutter. Finishes absolutely every check and will drop the gloves with anyone in the league, opening up ice for linemates. Makes opponents think twice before heading into the corners with him. Loves to crash the net and mix it up after the whistle. Also finished second in team scoring thanks to an accurate snap shot that he gets good torque on. Finishing ability has been a pleasant surprise – gets shots up quickly in tight and shows patience to wait out goaltenders. Does good job of filling lanes down the middle, supporting teammates for give-and-go passes. Foot speed is a question mark – needs to work on stop/starts and first step quickness, but has good power/balance in stride once up to speed. Plays hard at both ends and is defensively responsible.

Red Line compares him to Steve Ott and projects him as a high-end third-line centre.

Sutter’s offensive numbers are respectable – in particular his goal-scoring totals – but not high-end, and of course he has the Sutter last name (his father Rich played nearly 1000 NHL games). Here are his totals, courtesy of Elite Prospects:

This isn’t the kind of home-run pick that is still available early – Sebastian Collberg, Pontus Aberg and Matt Finn were still around – but he does project as a good professional.

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, the Edmonton Journal and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.
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