Jan Rutta

by Tony Carr on October 15, 2017

 

Jan Rutta, D

Shoots: R

Height: 6-03

Weight: 198

Born: 1990-07-29

Hometown: Pisek, Czech Republic

Signed as free agent June 7, 2017

 

Observations:

October 2017- Rutta has looked like a seasoned vet so far this year, playing alongside Duncan Keith. Seeing almost 19 minutes a night, he has displayed his world class skating on both sides of the puck, putting up some decent early numbers in points and blocks while maintaining a healthy plus/minus. Look for these numbers to continue as he gets more comfortable. Tony Carr

 

June 2017 – The Blackhawks signed Rutta from Pirati Chomutov of the Czech Extraliga to a one-year, entry-level deal. This signing makes an already-cloudy roster situation in Chicago even more interesting. At age 26, the coveted, offensively gifted defenseman brings more to the table than most first-year players. He has a great shot, using a very quick release, exceptional vision (illustrated by a career high in assists this past season) and the ability to find the open areas of the ice.

A big-bodied defender who can move around the ice well, Rutta has all the tools to make a quick transition to the North American style of play. Tony Carr

 

Fantasy Outlook: B

Offensively minded, Rutta should be able to put up points at the NHL level right away. Expect to see him get some opportunities on the power play early in the season. Plays like Brent Seabrook on offence, although less physical in his own end.

 

Footage:

Rutta wearing No. 90 in these highlights.

 

 

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