EDMONTON - One of the newest members of the Edmonton Oilers was the last to arrive at training camp, but Andy Sutton had good reason to be four days late.
The former Anaheim defenceman was with his wife Natalie for the birth of their first child Kseniya. He reported to Edmonton Tuesday, more wiped out than any of the guys who've been skating the drills.
"I feel (exhausted) with the amount of sleep I've had the last two days," said the 6-foot-6, 245 pounder. "I was scheduled to leave last Wednesday, but my wife woke me up at 5:30 and said her water broke.
"It was good timing in a way, because I didn't miss (the birth), but it was tough timing, too, because I thought I was headed to work. The Oilers were great in letting me have some time with my new family member. It was a big week for us."
They settled on Kseniya, a Russian name, after Slava Kozlov's daughter.
"It's a Russian name that we've liked for a long time, so we went with it," he said, adding she already has him right where she wants him. "I'm not too big to admit I'm wrapped around her little finger already."
He's looking forward to the NHL routine, which suddenly doesn't seem like so much of a grind anymore.
"I got to touch the ice this morning, which was great, for a 45-minute session. I got a good workout with the strength coach and with a little more sleep the next couple of days I'll probably feel halfway human again."