Saskatoon, SK (ISN) – Saskatoon Blades forward Lukas Sutter (Winnipeg Jets, 2nd Round, 39th Overall) and defenceman Dalton Thrower (Montreal Canadiens, 2nd Round, 51st Overall) have been selected in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Sutter is a native of Lethbridge, Alberta who is coming off of his second full season with the Blades and had a breakout year for Saskatoon. Sutter took home the honour as the Blades top defensive forward this past season while seeing his offensive production skyrocket.
Sutter finished the year with 28 goals, good for 3rd on the team. He finished tied for 3rd on the Blades in scoring with 59 points, a big increase from the 19 he had in 2010-2011. His plus/minus rating of +15 was also good enough for a top 3 spot on the Blades in 2011-2012. Meanwhile, he lead the team with 165 PIMs.
His big year culminated with Sutter being ranked 39th overall among North American Skaters by NHL Central Scouting. His performance also earned him an invite to the NHL Combine in Toronto at the start of June where he interviewed with 21 different NHL teams.
Sutter was also recently named to Team Canada to play in this summer’s Canada-Russia Challenge.
“The Blades are very happy to see Lukas Sutter get selected in the NHL Draft,” said Blades Head Coach and GM Lorne Molleken. “We know he’s worked very hard to get to where he is today and we’re very proud to see him get selected by Winnipeg. Congratulations to Lukas and his entire family.”
Thrower, a native of North Vancouver, BC, just wrapped up his 3rd full season as a member of the Saskatoon Blades. It was a breakout year for #47 as he registered 18 goals and 54 points. His 18 goals were good enough for 4th place among WHL defenders and his 54 points had him ranked 8th in the league among blueliners. His 18 goals and 54 points both led the Blades defensive core, while his 103 penalty minutes were good for 4th on the team.
The big offensive year and added responsibility down the stretch during the season resulted in Thrower being named as the Saskatoon Blades Northridge Developments Top Defenceman of the year.
Thrower ended the season being ranked 26th among North American skaters in Central Scouting’s rankings and he also took part in the 2012 NHL Draft Combine in Toronto at the start of June where he interviewed with 19 teams.
“We’re extremely proud to see Dalton get drafted by the Montreal Canadiens,” said Blades Head Coach and GM Lorne Molleken. “He had a great year for us this past season and really showed his worth as he was named as our top defenceman this season. Not only did he have a breakout year, but he’s also had to battle through many challenges as a young man. The Blades organization just want to congratulate Dalton and his family on this great news.”