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2014 NHL Draft
Tuomo Ruutu

Tuomo Ruutu  #15

New Jersey Devils  Right Wing
NUMBER: 15 BIRTHDATE: February 16, 1983  (AGE 31)
HEIGHT: 6' 0" BIRTHPLACE: Vantaa, Finland
WEIGHT: 205 DRAFTED: CHI / 2001 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 1st   (9th overall)
Had points in season high four straight games Mar. 31-Apr. 5 (2g-2a-4pts)...Recorded 2a Mar. 11 at Phi...Posted 1g-1a-2pts (GWG) Mar. 8 vs. Car...Made NJD debut Mar. 7 at Det...Acquired from Car. on Mar. 5; traded for 2nd time in NHL career…Had 5g-11a-16pts in 57 games for Canes this season…Appeared in 600th game Feb. 7 vs. Fla…Posted 2a Jan. 5 vs. Nsh…Recorded points in back-to-back games six times, most recently Mar. 8-11 (1g-3a-4pts)…Scored GWG Nov. 24 vs. Ott…Made season debut Oct. 13 vs. Phx.; began season on I.R. &  missed first five games (lower body)…A member of Finland’s Bronze Medal-winning teams at 2014 &  2010 Winter Olympics; posted 1g-4a-5pts in six games in Sochi…2012-13: Totaled 4g-5a-9pts in ninth NHL season; injuries limited playing time to just 17 games…Posted two multi-pt. games: Apr. 18 at Wpg. (2g) &  Mar. 30 at Wpg. (2a)...Had points in season-high three straight Apr. 23-27 (2g-1a-3pts)...Registered 300th career point Mar. 28 at Tor.
Missed majority of 2005-06 due to back (October 15, 2005 at San Jose) and ankle (January 8, 2006 vs. Nashville) injuries. Traded to Carolina by Chicago for Andrew Ladd, February 26, 2008. Missed majority of 2012-13 due to hip surgery.
Quote of the Day

What we expected is what we got. Very mature young individual that's focused. He is on the right track. He's not only a great hockey individual, but he's a good person off the ice. He seemed to take a leadership role with this group right off the hop and ran away with it, and was vocal, was respectful, was everything it takes to be a Panther. His future looks bright.

— Florida Panthers director of player development Brian Skrudland on defenseman Aaron Ekblad's performance at development camp