Trade with Minnesota: Brett Sutter for Scott Sabourin - LA Kings Insider

Minnesota Wild HeadshotsThe Los Angeles Kings have made an trade with Minnesota, according to a front office source, having exchanged forward Scott Sabourin for forward Brett Sutter. Sutter, 28, is a son of Kings coach Darryl Sutter.

The six-foot, 192-pound Sutter has four goals, 14 points and a minus-13 rating in 57 games for an Iowa Wild team that has 18 wins in 57 games this season. Originally selected by Calgary in the sixth round in 2005, Sutter has two goals and 10 points in 60 career NHL games with the Flames, Hurricanes and Wild. He is expected to be assigned to AHL-Ontario.

“Good team player, and blazed his own trail,” Darryl Sutter said of Brett when the Kings and Hurricanes faced each other in October, 2013. “…It’s not a big deal coaching against him. We’ve been in locker rooms our whole lives. The only time I’ve coached him – actually, the only time I’ve been on the ice with him – was in novice hockey, actually, when he was a kid. But he’s grown up in a dressing room, and he knows what’s going on.”

There was a really nice Des Moines Register story on Brett Sutter and his relationship with his brother, Chris, from two Octobers ago. That story can be found right here.

Sabourin, signed by Los Angeles to an entry level contract in October, 2013, had three goals, five points and a plus-two rating in 28 games this season. The rugged, 6-foot-3 forward who turns 24 this summer topped out with 12 goals and 26 points in 69 games with AHL-Manchester in 2013-14 but amassed five goals and 11 points last season. He had 115 penalty minutes in 2013-14 and 138 last season.

“I’m sure he would like to play a lot more than he has been and I would like to play him a lot more than he has,” Reign coach Mike Stothers told Ontario Reign Insider Lindsay Czarnecki on February 17. “So, it’s a work in progress but I can tell you one thing, he’s a terrific individual, he’s a hard-working guy. Whether he’s in the lineup or he’s not in the lineup he’s a great teammate. … As you saw tonight, he hasn’t played in a month, went out and played a real good game for us. That’s what you need to do. ”

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Kevin Gravel

#4 | 6′ 4″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: DOB: 2/17/1996
Birthplace: KINGSFORD, MI
Position: D


Gravel made his NHL debut with Los Angeles in the 2015-16 season, skating with the Kings for four games before returning to AHL affiliate Ontario.

Rob Scuderi

#0 | 6′ 1″ | 212 lb | Age: 37

Born: DOB: 12/30/1978
Birthplace: SYOSSET, NY
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Scuderi is currently playing for the Reign while under contract with the LA Kings. He has won two Stanley Cups, once with the Pittsburgh Penguins and with the Kings.

Michael Mersch

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 225 lb | Age: 24

Born: DOB: 10/2/1992
Birthplace: PARK RIDGE, IL
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Drafted by the Kings in 2011, Mersch is currently playing forward for the Reign. Last season, he drew into his first NHL game for the Kings, where he registered 2 shots and 3 hits.

Michael Latta

#24 | 6′ 0″ | 207 lb | Age: 25

Born: 5/25/1991
Birthplace: KITCHENER, ON
Position: F
Handedness: Right


Prior to turning professional, Latta played major junior hockey in the OHL with the Ottawa 67’s and Guelph Storm. He was drafted into the NHL in 2009 and joined the King’s affiliate Reign in 2016.

Adrian Kempe

#09 | 6′ 1″ | 187 lb | Age: 20

Born: 9/13/1996
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Growing up in Swedan, Kempe made his hockey debut in 2014 in the Swedish Hockey League. He has since been drafted by the Kings, where he is playing for their AHL affiliate team, the Ontario Reign.

Brett Sutter

#07 | 6′ 0″ | 192 lb | Age: 29

Born: 6/2/1987
Birthplace: CALGARY, AB
Position: C


Drafted in 2005 by the Calgary Flames, Sutter was traded to the Reign in 2016. He is the son of LA Kings head couch Darryl Sutter, and the eighth member of the Sutter family to play in the NHL.