Sutch enjoying every minute

Mississauga forward Gregg Sutch is a pretty likeable guy. I remember John Vogl of the Buffalo News giving similar praise after he interviewed the 2010 draft pick last summer during the Sabres Development Camp. The easy-going grinder, who has been battling for fourth line duty on the talented Majors roster since January, recently took a moment to speak about the experience of playing on Canada's greatest junior stage. recently penned a Memorial Cup piece that referred to Sutch's tough stint as a member of the Majors. While the gritty winger has struggled to maintain a regular spot in the lineup, he knows what his role is when tapped on the shoulder.

In 53 regular season games, Sutch recorded eight goals and 20 assists for the Majors. Acquired last season from the Sarnia Sting to add grit, he has been inserted into the Majors’ lineup nine times during a four-series playoff run, including two games in the OHL final against the Attack.

Trouble is, at least from the perspective of the Newmarket resident, the Majors have enjoyed a relatively clean bill of health throughout the playoffs and tampering with a winning formula is a procedural no-no. Under those circumstances, someone has to be a healthy scratch.

“It’s a really challenging and trying experience,” said Sutch, 19, following practice Tuesday. “You obviously hope to be in the lineup. Not contributing is tough.”

Not lost on the Buffalo Sabres’ fifth round pick in the 2010 draft is the magnitude of the Memorial Cup.

“I’m obviously honoured to be in this position because it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” he said. “Whether you play or not, it doesn’t come around very often.”

“If I get back into the lineup I’ll try to add a physical presence and bring a bit of sandpaper.”

Sutch and Majors will take on the Brayden McNabb-less Kootenay ICE Sunday at 7:00pm EST. Early reports are suggesting that Sutch will watch from the press box, but we'll know more closer to puck drop.
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