Capitals re-sign Riley Sutter

Riley Sutter, Hershey Bears
Riley Sutter, Hershey Bears /

The Washington Capitals re signed Calder Cup hero Riley Sutter who appeared in all 20 of the Hershey Bears games this spring. It’s a one year, two way contract ($775,000/$90,000).

The 23 year old recorded 12 points in 69 games with the Bears with five goals and seven assists. The six foot four, 211 pound forward established AHL single season career highs in goals, points, games played, shots (79) and shorthanded goals (1).

Additionally, Sutter registered six points with two goals and four assists in the Calder Cup playoffs including the game winning goal in overtime in Game 3 of the Calder Cup Finals.

In 158 career AHL games with Hershey, Sutter has recorded 33 points with eight goals and 25 assists. The Caps drafted Sutter in the third round at 93rd overall in the 2018 NHL Draft.

Prior to being drafted, the Calgary, Alberta native amassed 137 points in 204 games with the Everett Silvertips of the WHL with 60 goals and 77 assists from 2015 to 2019.

Having a key contributor in Riley Sutter back for another season is big not only for the Caps but the Bears. There are many players that left.

Guys like Shane Gersich, Zach Fucale and I apologize because there’s many others that I’m missing. But the Bears also added and re signed some key components including Sutter and Hunter Shepard.

It’s still very early in the offseason. Still very early in the NHL Free Agency silly season. I still can’t get a read on how good this Capitals team can be this upcoming season. But I can say this, the Bears will be just fine.

Will they defend their Calder Cup? That remains to be seen. But they took a big step toward that in bringing back playoff hero Riley Sutter.

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Again we’re still waiting for that big trade to come. I’m sure it can come at any second. Stay tuned.