Blue Jackets Pro Scout Rich Sutter Is A Big-Time Believer In Top Prospect Cole Sillinger

By 1OB Staff on September 2, 2021 at 8:05 am
Cole Sillinger skates for the Sioux Falls Stampede

The Columbus Blue Jackets think they got a good one in Cole Sillinger.

The 18-year old, drafted 12th overall just a few months ago, could challenge for playing time as soon as this year. 

On the Rod Pederson Show (Canada’s Daytime Sports Talk Show!), Blue Jackets pro scout Rich Sutter gave the young prospect quite the glowing review. 

Sillinger, who played in the WHL in 2019-20 for the Medicine Hat Tigers, "might not be that dynamic, talented player like a Kent Johnson, (but) we were thrilled that Cole fell to us. We honestly didn't even think we had a shot at him. We had him clearly in our top ten." 

Sutter comes from a classic, old-school hockey background. He's been on the Blue Jackets payroll for five seasons, but he's been a scout in the NHL since 1999-2000. In describing Sillinger, he seemed to long for the players of yesteryear, who "engaged on the ice, not afraid to play the old Western Hockey League (WHL) style way, but still be a real good player."

"(That's what) Cole does, and I've been harping for five years in Columbus that we don't have enough players that play an involved, engaged, game. Me personally, I want more Western League kids." 

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