PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers Friday signed center Ron Sutter, the team's first-round pick in last June's entry draft, to a multi-year contract. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Sutter, the fourth player selected in the draft, is one of six hockey-playing brothers. His twin brother Rich recently signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins, brothers Duane and Brent play with the New York Islanders, Brian plays with the St. Louis Blues and Darryl is a member of the Chicago Blackhawks.
'When we drafted Ron, we were very excited,' said Flyers General Manager Keith Allen. 'There was never any doubt we would sign him. It was just a matter of working out the details. We feel Ron is an important part of our future and we hope this is just the first of many contracts he signs with the Flyers.'
Sutter was particularly impressive in the Flyers' first rookie scrimmage Thursday, the first day of the team's rookie camp, Allen said.
'He knows how to play,' Allen said. 'He took a piece of everybody out there.'
A center, Sutter played on the same line with his brother Rich at Lethbridge in the Western Hockey League last season and he scored 38 goals and 54 assists in 59 games.