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03-03-2004, 11:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Vlad The Impaler
It is dangerous to judge a player simply over a small stretch. Ask the legion of Oilers fan who now look dumb because of totally ridiculous expectations they had on Hemsky. All because Ales finished last season with a point per game over a small stretch.

Ruutu still looks to me like a key player who will rack 60-something points per year in his prime.
The Hemsky example is not good as Ruutu does not need to score or put up points to be effective - he can make the open ice hit, grind along the boards , make a dirty play , get under the other team's nerves and draw a penalty etc. etc. A player like this who can put up even 60 points is rare indeed...

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