Bottom-pair defender with limited offensive abilities.
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April 2018 – Sautner has enjoyed a strong third professional campaign. The defensive defender was leaned on heavily with Utica throughout the AHL season and earned himself a call-up to the big club at the end of March. In five games with the Canucks he’s recorded two assists and hasn’t looked overwhelmed by the competition, seeing his deployment ratchet up to 15 minutes in each of the last two contests. Cam Robinson
June 2017 – Sautner took a bit of a step back in his second professional campaign for the Utica Comets. He suited up for 47 contests and provided just five assists while seeing time in the press-box as a healthy scratch. The Comets were fairly loaded with left-shot defenders and Sautner looked out of place on his off-side and thus was a rotated out of the lineup with regularity. The 23-year-old will need to prove he is more than just an AHL depth player in order to earn a contract at the end of the 2017-18 campaign. Cam Robinson
August 2016 – The left-side defender made positive strides in his first professional season. While he was rotated in and out of the lineup throughout the season, he did manage 10 points through his first 38 games while providing strong defensive play. He will once again be at the mercy of a numbers game, as the Utica Comets will have a healthy supply of defenseman competition. He’ll need to be capable of taking another large step for in his development or risk being left behind. – Cam Robinson
February 2016 – After a strong start to the season, as well as a rash of injuries on the Canucks’ defense corps, Sautner received a callup to the big club on Dec. 27. While he didn’t get any games in with the Canucks before being sent back down, it was a testament to the hard work that he’s put in this season with the club’s AHL affiliate in Utica. Although his production has slowed with just three points in his past 15 games, Sautner has been a reliable member on the back end. If he can continue to work on the nuances of the pro game, particularly positioning in his own zone, he may find a spot as a bottom-pairing defenseman in the NHL. It will be a while before that happens, though, as there is much work to be done in refining his complete game. David McDonald
December 2015 – After a long and productive junior career in the Western Hockey League, Sautner was signed by the Vancouver Canucks on March 14th of this spring. General Manager Jim Benning must have seen something in him that 29 other GM’s did not, as Sautner went undrafted twice during a four year run with the very successful Edmonton Oil Kings.
His draft eligible seasons were nearly identical: 12 points, plus-29 and plus-22, 38 and 28 PIMs respectively. The player we see today is much more like the one that broke-out during the 2013-14 season, exploding for 42 points (8 goals) and a plus-59 rating en route to a Memorial Cup championship.
That experience was key, as 2014-15 was even better from an individual stand-point. He was named team captain and set career highs across the board, save for the 44-goal decrease in the plus-minus department.
The now 21-year-old has filled in admirably for the Utica Comets this season. Already scoring five points in his first 10 professional hockey games (0 rating) has put him back on the map in Vancouver. Whether or not he can maintain this level of play over the course of the season is the question.
Lacking the desired size for a blueliner, he definitely needs to polish off his defensive game; including positioning and decisions with the puck. His mobility and hockey sense are both above-average which is essentially what his entire game relies on.
Sautner is your classic project that can become a contributor at the professional level if he continues working hard. – Mike Barrett
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