The Silvertips announced that they’ve signed Aidan Sutter — no relation to Riley and the famous Sutter hockey family — to a Western Hockey League player agreement on Monday.
“He’s a good young defenseman … that fits the molds and dimensions that we look for in a player,” Silvertips general manager Garry Davidson said. “He gets around the ice, he thinks very well and moves pucks very well. It all comes back to his thinking, his hands and his feet. We have him signed and coming our way.”
Sutter, a 2002-born defenseman, averages over a point per game in the British Columbia Major Midget League for the Thompson Blazers, posting eight goals and 27 assists in 33 games. His 1.06 points per game is fifth on his midget team and first amongst defensemen.
“He’s a 16-year-old that’s taken a nice step in his game,” Davidson said.
The Kamloops, British Columbia native was not selected in the 2017 bantam draft. He posted eight points (one goal, seven assists) with the Blazers last season.
He playedin an eight-game stint with the British Columbia Hockey League’s Salmon Arm Silverbacks, adding an assist.
Davidson said Sutter was immediately put on the protective list by the Silvertips after he watched him play for the first time in November.
He plays with Logan Stankoven, the fifth overall pick in the 2018 bantam draft to Kamloops, who set the BCMML’s scoring record with 103 points in 38 games.
Anderson to join Silvertips after midget playoffs
2002-born defenseman Dylan Anderson will join the Silvertips as soon as his midget season finishes with Yale Hockey Academy Prep of the Canadian Sport School Hockey League, according to Davidson. Yale begins its CSSHL playoff run Wednesday and will go as late as Sunday.
Fasko-Rudas taking tests
Martin Fasko-Rudas left for Slovakia on Sunday for nationwide exams tied to high school graduation. He’ll return on March 14 and barring any setbacks, will play for Everett at Victoria on March 15.
— Max Patterson is day-to-day with an upper-body injury and will miss Tuesday’s matchup at Portland, according to Davidson. He did not skate Tuesday and will miss his second game after sustaining an injury during a March 8 matchup with Tri-City.
— There’s no update on 19-year-old center Riley Sutter, who has been out since Dec. 29, with a lower-body injury. He’s still walking around with a walking boot on his right foot and with crutches.