The Ottawa Senators have acquired defenceman Andy Sutton from the New York Islanders in exchange for a second round draft pick. Sutton has been a member of the Islanders since 2007-08 and has just over 500 NHL games under his belt.
Sutton isn’t a particularly special player, but he is a competent defenceman who brings some useful stuff to the table. While a quick glance at his stats this season show a guy who doesn’t have any offensive upside, Sutton isn’t bad offensively; he’s twice scored eight goals and three times topped the 20-point mark, while just last year he had 10 points in 23 games. He was a point-per-game player in college and put up surprisingly good numbers in the AHL as a young player and in 2004-05 tore up the second-tier Swiss league.
Offence isn’t Sutton’s calling card, though. He’s 6’6” tall, plays with an edge, and while he isn’t a top-tier shutdown guy he’s very capable in his own end. He’s started a lot in his own zone the last three years, and this year started getting matched against top opposition. His plus/minus for the woeful Islanders is a respectable minus-6 over 135 games, and his Corsi rates aren’t outstanding but they’re fairly good given the circumstances.
Ideally, Sutton slots in at around the number four or five slot on a decent defence corps. He’s an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, so this should be viewed as strictly a rental trade (like the Dominic Moore trade but unlike yesterday’s Denis Grebeshkov deal). Basically, I think the Senators acquired a good player but probably gave up more asset-wise than they really should have, while Garth Snow got good value back for a rental depth player.