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11-25-2012, 10:08 PM
Rob Scuderi
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C, Christian Ruuttu

13 (4+9) PTS in 42 playoff GP
Selke Voting Record: 12 ('90)

NHL Career
Team Scoring Placements: 3, 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 5, 9, 9*

Overpass's adjusted numbers: 621 GP, 104-215-320 ESP (40 per season) / 22-74-96 PPP (12 per season, 29% usage, .95 rating) / 34% PK usage, .94 rating

70s Vs #2 Scores: 62, 59, 55, 47, 43, 38 = 304 over six best seasons

Finnish League and International Career
Top 10 Finnish Elite League Scoring: 3 in '84, 10 in '85, 2 in '86

World Championship Stats: 60 GP, 17-17-34 PTS
WC Placements (Overall/Team): 10/3 in '91, 15/1 in '90, 24/3 in '86, 34/12 in '94

Canada Cup Stats: 11 GP, 3-6-9 PTS
CC Placements: 7/1 in '91, T1st on team with 3 pts in '87

World Cup Stats: 4 GP, 1-0-1 PTS; '96

Originally Posted by Joe Pelletier's Greatest Hockey Legends
Christian Ruuttu was quietly overlooked as one of the finest players to ever come out of Finland...And despite his fine package of skills, determination and desire, Ruuttu never was able to post the numbers that many thought he should have been capable of.

The bucket-headed Ruuttu was not your stereotypical 1980's Finnish hockey player. He was an exuberant physical player who worked hard on every shift. He was a fine defensive player as well. His quickness and endurance made him not only a tremendous forechecker, but a penalty killer as well. A face-off specialist, Ruuttu combined savvy intelligence and a lunch pail work ethic to excel defensively.

Christian was never able to find the offensive game that the Sabres had hoped he could provide. He had a good start to his career, scoring 22 goals and 65 points as a rookie while improving in year two with a career high 26 goals and 71 points. Injuries shortened Christian's season in 1988-89 but he still had 60 points in 67 games. However he would never really regain solid offensive numbers after that as his coaches used him more for his great defensive instincts more than anything else.

Why wasn't Ruuttu able to produce better numbers? The depth chart had something to do with it for sure, as Turgeon, Hogue and later Dale Hawerchuk grabbed most of the offensive ice time. Christian was also more of a play-maker than a goal scorer, and often would overhandle the puck while waiting to make a picture perfect pass rather than just shoot at the net himself. That was his one particular "European flaw."

Originally Posted by Chicago Tribune - 10/24/1992
Ruuttu, acquired in the summer, was expected to strengthen the Hawks' depth at center. He has shown signs of promise at times, but Sutter castigated him for foolish penalties in Thursday night`s 6-5 overtime loss to New Jersey and some previous games.

"We talked to him about his penalties," Sutter said. "Bad penalties, needless. But you can tell them all you want. It's really what they're telling themselves that matters."

Originally Posted by Chicago Tribune - 11-20-1993
"He's the center that would be the best guy to make a wing," Sutter said, "because Ruuttu has the skill to adjust."

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