If he ever gets bored of his career in hockey, Jarkko Ruutu can become a travel agent.
Hockey scouts have to become experts in how to travel quickly and efficiently, and Ruutu is no exception. Frequent flyer miles are his friend as the Blue Jackets' European development coach traverses his way across Europe and Russia to keep tabs on the Columbus prospects who are playing overseas.
An ocean away from general manager Jarmo Kekalainen and his staff, Ruutu is the man who is the face of the Blue Jackets during the season to the team's prospects in Europe. That has increasingly made him a central piece in the organizational puzzle, as the Blue Jackets drafts in recent years have been filled with prospects from the European junior ranks.