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Reijo Ruotsalainen

Reijo Ruotsalainen  #29

Defenseman
NUMBER: 29 BIRTHDATE: April 1, 1960
BIRTHPLACE: Oulu, Finland
DRAFTED: NYR / 1980 NHL Entry Draft
ROUND: 6th   (119th overall)
WJC-A All-Star Team (1980) Best Defenseman at WJC-A (1980) Finnish First All-Star Team (1980, 1981) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1986) Traded to Edmonton by NY Rangers with Clark Donatelli, Ville Kentala and Jim Wiemer for Mike Golden, Don Jackson, Miloslav Horava and future considerations (Stu Kulak, March 10, 1987), October 23, 1986. Claimed by New Jersey from Edmonton in Waiver Draft, October 5, 1987. Traded to Edmonton by New Jersey for Jeff Sharples, March 6, 1990.
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Not only is it a great idea, but if you don't [start using analytics] you're going to fall behind. You have to be on the cutting edge. It was [Arizona Coyotes assistant general manager] Darcy Regier who said, 'If you didn't invent it, you have to be the second- or third-best copier, because if you're fourth or fifth you've got no chance.'

— Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock on his interest in advanced statistical analysis