To say that Matt Nuttle is an “every night” type of player is not an exaggeration. In his one season in Wenatchee for the 2013-14 season, he played in all 60 regular season games leading the defense in scoring, and then appeared in all ten playoff games as well. Earlier this month, Nuttle signed an ATO (Amateur Tryout) contract with the South Carolina Stingrays, the ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Washington Capitals.
The native of Marilla, NY, a Buffalo suburb was named to the NAHL All-Rookie team in 2014. His dependable performance in Wenatchee drew the attention of the USHL’s Bloomington Thunder who selected him in the 2014 USHL Entry Draft. Nuttle tried out and made the team, then was traded midway through the season to the Sioux Falls Stampede where he joined up with Wild alumni Troy Loggins and Parker Tuomie. There, he would go on with his teammates to win the USHL’s Clark Cup.
Drawn to Cornell University since watching them play as a young child, Nuttle earned the right to play for the Big Red. He had to bide his time and adjust in his freshman year, playing in just two games as he adapted. He would be a healthy scratch just once more over his final three seasons, eventually named an alternate captain as a senior. Nuttle was also named the Best Defensive Defenseman in the ECAC.
Nuttle received valuable tutelage at Cornell from a teammate who had traveled a similar path. Alex Rauter, who played in Wenatchee with Nuttle for the last half of the 2013-14 season also saw limited ice time as a freshman in college, but worked his up to being named captain for the ECAC championship team of 2017-18.
The Stingrays were eliminated from the playoffs by the Orlando Solar Bears in a Game 5 loss on Saturday night. Nuttle collected a goal and an assist in the series, skating in all five games for his new team.