Our own Philip K. introduced you to Jacob Trouba on Saturday, but what do scouts say? What can we expect from Jacob down the road? Find out after THE JUMP.
Yes, there's yet another Sutter on the way into the NHL ranks. The son if Rich Sutter gets praised regularly within the industry for what some scouts call "the old Sutter work ethic" in regards to his intangibles, on-ice determination, and overall physical game. His character shines through at both ends, as he's a relentless forechecker who hits hard and protects the puck very well. Lukas also backchecks diligently and is pretty impressive in the defensive end and on the penalty kill. It's hard to see him as a true scorer in the pro ranks as he's more of a bottom-six talent, but he does have some offensive touch with the puck, more of an okay hand-eye guy than a creative puckhandler of any sorts. His best offensive asset is his vision, as he has solid hockey sense and can certainly make some plays with the puck, and can even flash above-average talent in that department here and there. One area of contention amongst scouts I've talked to is his skating, as some like his mechanics and skating output, while others see him as a bit of a clunky mover who doesn't generate much speed. I lean a little to the latter, although I have seen some nice flashes from Sutter in that area.
The Scouting Report says:
Youtube has video of many Sutter fights, but the goals are harder to find:
Real men wear pink:
The Goalie Guild says:
Phillips is a 6-foot-2 native of Caledonia, ONT and is committed to Michigan Tech for next season. He spent the first half of the season in the BCHL with Powell River, posting a 2.01 GAA and .921 SV% in 26 games. He was then traded to the Toronto Jr. Canadiens in the OJHL, where he posted a 3.11 GAA and .917 SV% in 11 games. His play elevated in the playoffs when he posted a .932 SV% and 2.99 GAA in 10 games. His CHL rights belong to the Sarnia Sting.
I also found this:
There it is guys! Those are the new additions to our prospect pool. Hopefully they go full on beast mode if a few years.