From @LyleKossis comes the most definitive -- or at least my personal favorite -- examination of Brandon Sutter's biggest failing: his inability to relieve any burden from Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin. It's over at Pensburgh and is definitely worth a read. My favorite snippet (other than the part where he quotes GTOG):
You can see that Bylsma tried to use [Sutter] in a shutdown role with Staal's old linemates. Sutter also had a low zone start, indicating a lot of defensive zone usage. But while Staal was a positive possession player, Sutter was getting crushed. Bylsma (who I don't think is an idiot) would have seen this and thought "Sutter can't handle Staal's minutes, so to avoid continuously making him a liability to this team, I'm going to adjust the match-ups."Sounds about right.
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