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10-08-2003, 07:25 PM
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Earth, MW
I totally agree!
I saw Ruutu play one full game so far, & clips of tonights game as well as hilites from SM-Liiga, and the first thing I said to myself is: Wow, this kid is exactly like Forsberg.
Ruutu has absolutely tremendous upside. He has the potential to be a Peter Forsberg-esque type of player out there. I do not know if he'll ever be quite as a prolific scorer (I see Ruutu as more of a 70-80 point man, rather than a 90 - 100 point man), but he plays with even more sandpaper than Forsberg. And one real interesting thing about Ruutu - he is a HELL of an open ice hitter.
In a way, Ruutu plays, actually, more like Mike Peca.
They say he's an incredible leader, too.
(PS: If you think he's great, check out Kari Lehtonen. Talking to Finnish fans, Lehtonen was THE dominant player in the Finnish league, even moreso than Ruutu & others)
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