Once again it's that time of year here on Defending Big D where we take a look at each player that suited up for 25 or more games this season (and are still with the team) and take a look back at their season. What was good about it, what wasn't so good, and the lasting impression they left us as we go into summer.
#20 / Left Wing / Dallas Stars
Mar 01, 1982
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Key Stat: 51 - Number of games played by Sutherby this season, the most ever played in a Dallas Stars uniform.
The Good: Sutherby is not afraid to drop the gloves. He did so 8 times this season, good for the third most on the team behind Barch and Ott. Much like Barchy, Sutherby tends to lose his fights more often than not -- but he had one memorable smack down of PK Subban in December which he won handily. He's also shown glimpses of a scoring touch, posting 30 points in 2005-2006 with the Capitals.
The Bad: Sutherby is injury prone, as evidenced by his last three seasons here. Combined with being a left shot and unable to crack the lineup consistently, Sutherby's offensive numbers are not nearly where we would like them to be. It's also been many seasons since he's put up decent offensive numbers and one has to wonder if he's peaked already.
The Bottom Line: Brian is an unrestricted free agent this summer. His limited ice time over the past three seasons combined with some of the young guys down in Cedar Park who will be gunning for a permanent spot out of camp may not leave space for Sutherby in the future. With consistent ice time, Sutherby could regain his scoring touch and add some much needed depth scoring for the Stars.
The Vote: Rate Sutherby below on a scale of A to F (A being the best of course) based on his performance relative to his potential and your expectations for the season.