Cuthrell is fitting in perfectly in the Soo
Pint-sized forward Scott Cuthrell has found his new hockey home to be to his liking.
Cuthrell has been potting the points since being picked up by the Soo Eagles after being waived by their North American Hockey League, North Division rivals, the Flint-based Michigan Warriors.
As of Jan. 17, the 5-9, 160-pound Cuthrell, a ‘93 birth-year skater, had four goals and nine assists for 13 points and was a plus-7 in 10 games with the Eagles.
Actually, Cuthrell was doing OK with Michigan prior to being let go by the Warriors. The Waterford native had four goals and five assists for nine points and was a plus-7 in 21 games with the Warriors.
Warriors’ coach-general manager Moe Mantha is not surprised at Cuthrell’s success with the Eagles.
“Scotty is a good kid and a good player,” Mantha began. “But I think it has helped him to move up to the Soo and just focus on hockey. With us, he was living at home and you know, that can be a distraction with family and friends around all the time.”
Cuthrell, an NAHL rookie who won the scoring championship in the North American 3 Hockey League in 2012-2013 while playing for the Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks, acknowledged that his game has “picked up” since moving from the Warriors to the Eagles in December.
Still, Cuthrell said he was stunned when he found out that his time with the Warriors was up after just 21 games.
“I thought I was doing fine with the Warriors,” Cuthrell said evenly. “I was shocked when Moe told me I no longer fit into their plans.”
Cuthrell said he jumped at the chance to join the Eagles after getting in contact with Soo coach-GM Bruno Bragagnolo.
“I really feel comfortable playing for Bruno,” Cuthrell added. “Don’t get me wrong, Bruno is a demanding coach who pushes us hard and expects a lot from us. But right from the start he showed confidence in me and gave me the chance to show him what I can do.”
Bragagnolo, in turn, likes what Cuthrell has brought to the Eagles.
“He’s a great skater with a lot of skill,” Bragagnolo said of Cuthrell. “Not only does he put up the points but he takes care of his defensive responsibilities. He’s a good kid and a good team player and we are very happy to have him.”