Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Andy Sutton
Gigantic Defenceman Andy Sutton was a standout in college who made a fairly smooth transition to the pros, possessing surprising mobility for a 6'6", 245 pounder

Born in Kingston, Ontario, Andy Sutton played junior B hockey in Gananoque, Ontario before spending a year with the St. Michael's Majors of the MTHL. He then played four years at Michigan Tech and was named to the WCHA Second All-Star team in 1998. In March, 1998, Sutton signed as a free agent with the San Jose Sharks.

The mammoth defender split his first two pro seasons between the Sharks and the AHL's Kentucky Thoroughblades before he was acquired by the Minnesota Wild in the 2000 Expansion Draft. Sutton went on to play parts of two seasons with the Wild before he was acquired by the Atlanta Thrashers early into the 2001-02 season.

In his first full season with the Thrashers, the burly defenceman, who can also play forward established a career high in points with 21 and equalled that total the following year, while continuing to be a physical presence on the team's blueline. He continued to be a mainstay in the Thrasher line-up through the 2006-07, but was left without a contract heading into the summer of 2007.

The New York Islanders opted to sign the Kingston, Ontario native on August 10, 2007.

On March 2, 2010, one day prior to the NHL trade deadline, Sutton was shipped to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for a second round pick in the 2010 NHL draft. The big defender would finish the season with the Senators, but would leave the nation's capital in the summer, inking a two-year deal with the Anaheim Ducks.

The following summer Sutton was on the move again. This time sent to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for defender Kurtis Foster.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1991-92 Gananoque Islanders ON-Jr.B 36 11 9 20 14 9 21 30
1992-93 Gananoque Islanders ON-Jr.B 38 14 9 23 12 16 13 29
1993-94 St. Michael's Buzzers ON-Jr.A 48 17 23 40 161 3 0 0 0 20
1994-95 Michigan Tech Huskies WCHA 19 2 1 3 42
1995-96 Michigan Tech Huskies WCHA 33 2 2 4 58
1996-97 Michigan Tech Huskies WCHA 32 2 7 9 73
1997-98 Michigan Tech Huskies WCHA 38 16 24 40 97
1997-98 Kentucky Thoroughblades AHL 7 0 0 0 33
1998-99 San Jose Sharks NHL 31 0 3 3 65 -4
1998-99 Kentucky Thoroughblades AHL 21 5 10 15 53 +9 5 0 0 0 23
1999-00 San Jose Sharks NHL 40 1 1 2 80 -5
1999-00 Kentucky Thoroughblades AHL 3 0 1 1 0 +2
2000-01 Minnesota Wild NHL 69 3 4 7 131 -11
2001-02 Minnesota Wild NHL 19 2 4 6 35 -4
2001-02 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 24 0 4 4 46 0
2002-03 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 53 3 18 21 114 -8
2003-04 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 65 8 13 21 94 0
2004-05 GCK Lions Zurich Swiss-2 18 8 18 26 58 6 2 4 6 16
2004-05 ZSC Lions Zurich Swiss 8 2 2 4 32 1 0 1 1 2
2005-06 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 76 8 17 25 144 +13
2006-07 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 55 2 14 16 76 +6 4 0 0 0 10
2007-08 New York Islanders NHL 58 1 7 8 86 -6
2008-09 New York Islanders NHL 23 2 8 10 40 +3
2009-10 New York Islanders NHL 54 4 8 12 73 -3
2009-10 Ottawa Senators NHL 18 1 0 1 34 -7 6 0 0 0 8
2010-11 Anaheim Ducks NHL 39 0 4 4 87 +1 1 0 0 0 2
2011-12 Edmonton Oilers NHL 52 3 7 10 80 +5
2012-13 Edmonton Oilers NHL
NHL Totals 676 38 112 150 1185 11 0 0 0 20


WCHA Second All-Star Team (1998) Signed as a free agent by San Jose, March 20, 1998. Traded to Minnesota by San Jose with San Jose's 7th round pick (Peter Bartos) in 2000 NHL Draft and San Jose's 3rd round pick (later traded to Atlanta, later traded to Pittsburgh, later traded to Columbus - Columbus selected Aaron Johnson) in 2001 NHL Draft for Minnesota's 8th round pick (later traded to Calgary - Calgary selected Joe Campbell) in 2001 NHL Draft and future considerations, June 12, 2000. Traded to Atlanta by Minnesota for Hnat Domenichelli, January 22, 2002. Signed as a free agent by GCK Zurich (Swiss-2), September 24, 2004. Loaned to ZSC Zurich (Swiss) by GCK Zurich (Swiss-2), February 22, 2005. Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, August 10, 2007. Missed majority of 2008-09 due to broken foot at Minnesota, December 19, 2008. Traded to Ottawa by NY Islanders for San Jose's 2nd round pick (previously acquired, later traded to Chicago - Chicago selected Kent Simpson) in 2010 NHL Draft, March 2, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Anaheim, August 2, 2010. Missed majority of 2010-11 due to thumb injury at Detroit, October 8, 2011. Traded to Edmonton by Anaheim for Kurtis Foster, July 1, 2011. Missed 2012-13 due to recurring knee injury and off-season surgery. Officially announced his retirement, May 22, 2013.
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