I certainly wouldnt be surprised if he ends up better than Frolov. I've only seen him a couple times, but he stands out, no doubt. Hes got a certain indefinable something that the average NHLer doesnt. GO Ruutu!
Great to see he is doing well and that he isn't the primadonna some claimed. God knows Chicago fans take a lot of crap (from other fans but also from their own organization) so it's great to see something you can feel proud of. This guy will be a great physical forward for years to come, and his offensive game will continue to improve.
2 more goals tonite, including the game winner. Pretty soon all us hawk fans are going to be feeling this weird sensation coming over us, I believe it is called excitement. I somehow vaguely remember it from the early nineties during the days of Chelios, Belfour and Roenick.
Hell the way this kid is going he has an outside shot at 50pts. If he doesn`t make the all rookie team there is something terribly wrong.
I just added Ruutu to my fantasy team for the final stretch
I remember when he was drafted, I was dying for the Rangers to pick him. Everyone was sure that Chicago would want Blackburn, and I was really excited (of course I also like Blackie, and hope his shoulder recovers). I heard a story that the Rangers had already made up a Ruutu jersey, and when Chicago picked him, they had nothing to do with it, so they just gave it to him.
Location: Australia...land of hockey minus ice...Doh!
I'm a Pens fan (ashamed as I am to admit it) so I'm pretty unbiased on this one. Frolov is a fantastic young player who will some day push the 35-40 goal mark. I'm not saying he's a Nash or a Kovalchuk, but he's a phenominal offensive talent and is one of the most underrated 2-way players going around, particularly for someone so young (and a european scoring forward at that). He has all the tools to be a star in the league, and he's not afraid of getting pushed around a bit either.
That said...If I had a choice...I'd take Ruutu.
Still think that in their prime, Frolov will get better numbers, but Ruutu has so many intangibles, that he's really tough to pass on
The Kings Fans think Frolov is the best prospect in the NHL. They think hes better a better prospect then guys like Rick Nash and Ilya Kovalchuk.
C'mon now, that's nonsense and you know that.
About Ruutu..don't forget he has already played more PP minutes (240 minutes) than Alexander Frolov (179 minutes) did last season. He's also averaging more minutes per game (16.04) than Frolov (14.37) did last season. However..I don't want to compare him with Frolov, it's just a marginal comment. Ruutu has been a pleasure surprise the past couple of weeks and both will be superstars in the near future, no doubt.