DRAFT » Riley Sutter Participating at NHL Combine
EVERETT, Wash. – The Everett Silvertips (@WHLSilvertips), two-time Western Conference champions and six time U.S. Division champions of the Western Hockey League, announced today that Riley Sutter is one of 11 participants from WHL teams at the 2018 NHL Scouting Combine in Buffalo, NY this week. The 2018 NHL Scouting Combine is June 1-2 at HaborCenter in Buffalo.
Sutter is in his first year of eligibility for the NHL Entry Draft, set to be held on June 22–23, 2018, at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
Sutter, 18, finished his third WHL and Silvertip season helping guide the Tips to their third Western Conference title and appearance in the Rogers WHL Championship Series. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound right wing tied teammate Connor Dewar to lead the team in scoring during the Rogers WHL Championship Series with five points (3g-2a) in six games. He also earned the game winning goal in Game 1 at Swift Current, the first WHL Championship Series win in franchise history. His 19 points in 21 games finished fifth in Silvertips playoff scoring and he led the club with three game winning goals.
Sutter concluded the 2017-18 regular season with 25 goals and 28 assists, totaling a career-high 53 points in 68 games with a +/- of 22. Sutter also skated under coach Eric Lindros in the 2018 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects game in January. Among North American Skaters, Sutter is ranked 80th by the NHL’s Central Scouting service.
The combine provides NHL general managers and scouting staffs with the opportunity to gauge player performance through 12 drills designed to measure agility, strength and conditioning. It also creates a platform for them to meet prospects in one-one-one scenarios and better understand the physical and mental capacities of players in the week prior to fitness testing.
The Calgary, Alberta native is one of only 104 players invited by the National Hockey League to participate in the combine this year.
The schedule for the 16th season of Silvertips hockey, starting the year as Western Conference champions, and pre-season schedule will be announced soon.