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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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You don't see many. The [Drew] Doughtys, the [P.K.] Subbans, those are guys that create offense from the back and then on top of that ability, the size that he has. In the West you play against some pretty big players, and being able to clear the crease and contain the [Ryan] Getzlafs and the [Corey] Perrys and [Anze] Kopitars and players like that, we're excited about him going back there.

— Sharks general manager Doug Wilson on Brent Burns returning back to defense