Thread: Confirmed with Link: Sens Sign D Troy Rutkowski to ELC
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03-13-2013, 11:21 PM
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Originally Posted by aragorn View Post
Kassian - 6'5", 240 lbs
Rutkowski - 6'2", 200 lbs
= size

Kassian - is considered an enforcer = toughness

Rutkowski - Rutkowski is a big, physical defender who posesses a heavy slapshot. While his skating and defensive zone play could use some improvement, Rutkowski is a good passer and is unafraid to drop the gloves. hummm? Jury's Out?
What? Rutkowski has no edge to his game what-so-ever. He hits, but is NO where close to McIlrath. Also Rutkowski is a decent skater as well.

I was able to watch him the last 3 years of his career and he simply didn't progress like the Avs would've hoped, also don't think his stats are great for an overage defenseman. After my 25th or 30th viewing of him I suggest that he is a lot like Matt Hunwick. Hunwick is a better skater, but Rutkowski is a tougher player. Both have the same skill set as a bottom pairing OFD. As a WHL scout and Avs fan, I think we should've given him a shot with a ELC, but TBH he isn't that big of a deal.

Hope he progresses for you guys and becomes a bottom pairing defenseman, but don't be surprised if he's a good AHL player, but isn't made for the NHL.

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