At the 2012 NHL entry draft the Sutter family got closer to catching the Hull family for the league's all-time family scoring lead for two reasons: Lukas Sutter was drafted by Winnipeg and cousin Brandon was traded to a high-scoring team.
By the end of the 2011-12 regular season, the NHL Sutters, collectively Brandon, Brent, Brett, Brian, Darryl, Duane, Rich and Ron Sutter, had amassed 3046 points in the league. But it's not good enough for first place on the all-time NHL family scoring list, no the family with the most points in the NHL is the Hulls.
Combining the points of sniper Bobby Hull, his brother Dennis and son Brett makes for a leading total of 3,215 points. But the Hulls have had no active family members playing in the NHL since Brett retired in 2006 and that has given the family closest to them time to move up. The Sutters have cousins Brett and Brandon in the league and while Brett has only 5 NHL points, Brandon has 107. Add it all up and by the end of the 2011-12 season the Sutter family had climbed to within 169 points of tying the Hulls.
Bobby, Dennis and Brett Hull: NHL scoring leaders
Lukas Sutter, son of Rich, is still in junior and a few years away from the NHL and by the time he gets there his family might have already vaulted into first place. That's because cousin Brandon, son of Brent, is now a Pittsburgh Penguin, one of the NHL's highest scoring teams.
Brandon, an assistant captain in Carolina, is a defense first guy but gets 30 points a year. If you bump that up to 35 now that he's a Pen, he'll have enough points to put his family past the Hulls in five seasons. But it might not be only him that's scoring as Brett, Darryl's son,is an UFA as of July 1 and whether he returns to Carolina, where he played only a handful of games, or signs elsewhere, he'll be looking to stick in the league and score points.
And Brandon may have more help coming than just Brett or, in time, Lukas. Brody Sutter, son of Duane, was drafted 193rd overall in 2011 by Carolina and the 6'4" winger has finished junior and looks to be headed to the AHL next season. Another Sutter, Shaun, Brian's son, was drafted in 1998 but after a career in the minors, in North America and Europe, he's now retired.
NHL Family Scoring Standings
The next closest families with active players in the league and who have considerable points are the Stastny family, Anton, Marian, Paul, Peter and Yan Stastny. The Stastnys are in fifth all-time with 2,559 points. Yan Stastny is now playing in Europe so that leaves only his brother, Paul of the Colorado Avalanche, as a Stastny in the NHL.
In 16th place is the Bourque family, with retired father Ray combining with son Chris, 26, for 1,583 points; Chris contributes only 4 NHL points to that total but is signed with the Boston Bruins for this coming season and looks to be ready to stick after a great season last year in the AHL. Daniel and Henrik Sedin are in 19th place all-time, with 1,465 points between them.
If the Sutter family does take over top spot - and it seems almost a lock they will - then given there is no active family in close pursuit and more Sutters are coming - Lukas said his 12-year-old cousin Riley is already looking good - they may never be passed.