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12-01-2003, 08:53 PM
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Originally Posted by -HIFK-
I get so frustrated reading how Blackhawk-fans on Hawk Talk write about Tuomo Ruutu "holding out" for two years. I mean can you imagine, he was as old as 20 when he "finally" decided to come to Chicago.

WTF? Is it some kind of obligation for an 18-year old to sign for an NHL-team straight away after being drafted? Ever heard it might be a good idea to develop in the Finnish League for example, before making the leap into the big league?
Someone else who thinks like I do?

Many many Hawk fans complained that he should have been in the NHL at 18. I disagreed then, and I still do. He wasn't ready to play in the NHL at 18 or 19 years old. Few players are. Last year, I think Ruutu should have at least come to training camp, then went back to Finland to play the season.

I haven't heard any Blackhawks fans complain that Brent Seabrook wasn't signed and in the NHL at 18. Perhaps some people have learned that this isn't basketball or football where every player comes into the top league right after being drafted.

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