RALEIGH, NC—Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has reassigned center Brandon Sutter to the Albany River Rats of the American Hockey League (AHL). Sutter, 20, netted three goals and earned an assist (4 points) in seven games during his first stint with Albany from Feb. 25-March 9. He earned a plus-2 plus/minus rating and scored a power-play goal and a shorthanded tally for the Rats. The Huntington, NY, native is in his first full professional season, and has notched one goal and earned five assists (6 points) in 50 games with the Hurricanes. Sutter (6’3", 183 lbs.) joined Carolina this season after completing his junior hockey career with the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League in 2007-08. He scored 68 goals and earned 86 assists (154 points) in 205 career regular-season games with Red Deer, before joining Albany for the end of the 2007-08 regular season and the River Rats’ playoff series against the Philadelphia Phantoms. Carolina drafted Sutter in the first round, 11th overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.