Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Christian Ruuttu
Christain Ruuttu had just completed his first junior campaign with Assat Pori in Finland when the Buffalo Sabres selected him 139th overall in the 1983 Entry Draft. The talented centreman remained in Finland, however, for three additional seasons of development.

In 1986-87, he finally came to North America to join the Sabres. He made a solid impression at training camp and never looked back. By the end of his first campaign, the solid playmaker had tallied 65 points in 76 games.

In the seasons that followed, Ruuttu continued as a steady performer who was good for plenty of playmaking action accentuated by his usual 14 to 19 goals per year. His stay in Buffalo lasted a total of six campaigns at which time he was traded to the Winnipeg Jets who immediately passed his rights along to the Chicago Blackhawks.

In the Windy City, he put in two solid years but then elected to return to his homeland to skate for HFK Helsinki. After only 20 games in the Finish League, however, he was lured back to the Blackhawks with the 1994-95 campaign underway. By then, however, Ruuttu's offensive production had begun to slide. When winger Murray Craven came onto the trading radar, the Hawks made a grab, sending Ruuttu to Vancouver to complete the season and his NHL career.

From there, he joined Vastra Frolunda in the Swedish Elite League for one campaign before returning to Finland where he appeared in parts of three more seasons. Ruuttu retired from hockey for good in 1999.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1980-81 Assat Pori Jr. Fin-Jr. 4 1 1 2 2
1981-82 Belmont Hill High School High-MA
1982-83 Assat Pori Jr. Fin-Jr. 5 2 6 8 12
1982-83 Assat Pori Finland 36 15 18 33 34
1982-83 Finland WJC-A 7 2 2 4 14
1983-84 Assat Pori Jr. Fin-Jr. 2 0 2 2 12
1983-84 Olympia Finland 1 0 0 0 2
1983-84 Assat Pori Finland 37 18 42 60 72 9 2 5 7 12
1983-84 Finland WJC-A 7 0 4 4 6
1984-85 Assat Pori Jr. Fin-Jr. 1 3 0 3 0
1984-85 Assat Pori Finland 32 14 32 46 34 8 1 6 7 8
1984-85 Finland WEC-A 6 1 1 2 16
1985-86 HIFK Helsinki Finland 36 14 42 56 41 10 3 6 9 8
1985-86 Finland WEC-A 10 2 5 7 12
1986-87 Buffalo Sabres NHL 76 22 43 65 62 +9
1986-87 Finland WEC-A 10 0 0 0 18
1987-88 Finland Can-Cup 5 2 1 3 10
1987-88 Buffalo Sabres NHL 73 26 45 71 85 -3 6 2 5 7 4
1988-89 Buffalo Sabres NHL 67 14 46 60 98 +13 2 0 0 0 2
1989-90 Buffalo Sabres NHL 75 19 41 60 66 +9 6 0 0 0 4
1989-90 Finland WEC-A 9 5 3 8 4
1990-91 Buffalo Sabres NHL 77 16 34 50 96 -6 6 1 3 4 29
1990-91 Finland WEC-A 10 7 3 10 10
1991-92 Finland Can-Cup 6 1 5 6 4
1991-92 Buffalo Sabres NHL 70 4 21 25 76 -7 3 0 0 0 6
1991-92 Finland WC-A 5 0 1 1 6
1992-93 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 84 17 37 54 134 +14 4 0 0 0 2
1993-94 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 54 9 20 29 68 -4 6 0 0 0 2
1993-94 Finland WC-A 4 2 2 4 4
1994-95 HIFK Helsinki Finland 20 4 8 12 24
1994-95 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 20 2 5 7 6 +3
1994-95 Vancouver Canucks NHL 25 5 6 11 23 +11 9 1 1 2 0
1995-96 Vastra Frolunda HC Goteborg Sweden 32 13 25 38 92 12 4 7 11 34
1995-96 Finland WC-A 6 0 2 2 2
1996-97 Finland W-Cup 4 1 0 1 2
1996-97 Zurcher SC Swiss 42 31 40 71 72 11 5 9 14 6
1997-98 HIFK Helsinki Finland 44 11 28 39 24 9 3 3 6 8
1998-99 Blues Espoo Finland 45 14 22 36 40 4 0 1 1 0
NHL Totals 621 134 298 432 714 42 4 9 13 49


Finnish First All-Star Team (1986) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1988) Traded to Winnipeg by Buffalo with future considerations for Stephane Beauregard, June 15, 1992. Traded to Chicago by Winnipeg for Stephane Beauregard, August 10, 1992. Traded to Vancouver by Chicago for Murray Craven, March 10, 1995.
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