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Continued: Wild season preview: In Year 2, Ryan Suter shines in the light

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Last update: October 3, 2013 - 6:03 AM

“A lot of defensemen think when they want stuff to settle down, they have to work harder and be more aggressive, run at a guy,” Suter said. “I try to do the opposite. If it’s chaos and we’re trapped in our end, I try to slow it down where I sit back and don’t run out of position.

“People say I’m not a big hitter. Hitting is great, but that’s 5 percent of the time. How about the 95 percent of time you get out of position making that big hit? It’s like tying up a guy in front of the net. There’s a time for that, but most the time it makes it harder for a goalie to see it.

“So I guess I try to do the opposite of everybody. I try to step back, watch the play and then outthink.”

This is why Hitchcock calls Suter an “intellect.”

And this is why Leipold doled out the dough for Suter. In Nashville, Suter’s former defense partner, Shea Weber, got all the notoriety because of the big shot and big hits.

But Leipold, the former Predators owner, said: “We all knew in Nashville that Ryan Suter was the guy. He’s the guy that made that duo work. When Ryan was down, it just wasn’t the same defense in Nashville. We’re just really happy it all worked out here.”

Suter is, too.

“One night this summer, I was on a pontoon with my wife and we said, ‘We’re probably the luckiest people in the world to have two kids and be able to do this for a living,’ ” Suter said. “It’s pretty special.”

Yeah, Suter is nothing like most hockey players.






 

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