McCutcheon had his best offensive showing with
the Big Red last season, scoring nine goals and
15 points. (Darl Zehr photo)
Key Statistics: McCutcheon
had his best offensive season as a junior with nine
goals and 15 points.
What He Does: McCutcheon’s
bio in last year’s Cornell media guide was a bit
curious, as the first sentence read, “McCutcheon
is a good shooter who is capable of scoring a lot of
goals.” That assertion wasn’t verified by
his stat line, which showed zero career goals through
his first two seasons. He broke through with nine tallies
last year and many of those came in late-game situations.
Three of his goals were game-winners. When McCutcheon
found his scoring touch it was a bonus. He was in the
lineup because of his forechecking and the ability to
disrupt the opponent’s breakout.
The Bigger Picture: Cornell
will be forced to deal with several key losses to the
defense, including early departures Sasha Pokulok, Ryan
O’Byrne, and goaltender David McKee. The forward
position will be a strength for the Big Red and McCutcheon
will help lead the way as a senior. If he continues
to score big goals it’s a bonus. The coaching
staff expects him to contribute by forechecking tenaciously
and killing penalties. Think Mike Iggulden.
Cornell assistant coach Scott
Garrow on McCutcheon’s knack for scoring big goals:
"He did seem to score a lot of them and his confidence
returned from junior hockey. When he got the puck around
the net, he thought it was going to go in.”