Thread: Tuomo Ruutu
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10-08-2003, 08:25 PM
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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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