With the NHL Draft on the horizon, Andy Sutton shared his college development story on the Let's Go! Hockey Podcast with Hosts Pete Kamman and Danny Heath
The 2020 National Hockey League Draft is just around the corner and it’s certainly an exciting time for the prospects expected to be chosen.
For every Draft success story, there are tales of triumph from players unselected at the annual event.
Passed over in the NHL Draft while a student athlete at Michigan Tech, Former NHL defenseman and Verbero Owner Andy Sutton’s career was carved out of college.
The Verbero CEO joined Hosts & Coaches Pete Kamman and Danny Heath of the Let’s Go! Hockey Podcast to discuss his rise from the college ranks to professional rinks.
“The whole evolution is probably interesting because it wasn’t so straightforward and easy," Sutton began. "I started out as a defenseman until I was 11 or 12 and I think because I scored points as a defenseman at that time, they thought it would be a good idea to make me a forward... starting there as a forward as I did, my freshman year was very lacklustre."
Sutton found his form on the blueline after a suggestion to make the switch to defense from former NHL coach Pierre Pagé during the 1994-95 NHL lockout, while Sutton was still playing with Michigan Tech.
“I went into that senior campaign (as a defenseman) and it seemed like I was right where I was supposed to be,” Sutton said of becoming a defender.
“I was never drafted, so the day after my last game I had 14 NHL teams try to sign me. I went from having six bucks in my bank account to having teams throwing hundreds of thousands of dollars at me to get me to sign over (laughing).”
For more from this episode of the Let’s Go! Hockey Podcast, listen HERE.