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Finnish Flashes In The Pan

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40 minutes ago, Triumph said:

Ruutu's Devils career is almost certainly over at this point - he Finnishes up with 22 points in a Devils uniform.  Good enough for 3rd in franchise history among Finns, but not good enough for.. well, anything else.

I was reading the original post thinking it was a new post, and had a minor heart attack reading "signed for 2 more years", thinking there was something I didn't know about haha... Then I read the post date. Phew...

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7 minutes ago, DJ Eco said:

I was reading the original post thinking it was a new post, and had a minor heart attack reading "signed for 2 more years", thinking there was something I didn't know about haha... Then I read the post date. Phew...

Yeah, I first thought this was a new topic and when I read the part about him breaking the record for most points as a Devil from a Finn I thought "No fvcking way", even despite the fact that we've never had a superstar from Finland, or even a decent player really.  Ruutu has just sucked almost worse, it's really astonishing.  The guy isn't a great player, 700 games and only about 350 points, but he still had some decent seasons, even putting up 56 points several years ago... but for him to only point up 1 point, ONE SINGLE POINT, in 33 games this year is just, well, embarrassing.  Honestly, he should be pretty ashamed.  

I watched most of the games this year, not particularly focusing on him, but when I did see him out there, he looked almost worse than Gionta.  He looked like he was skating just to earn a paycheck.  I never saw him contribute much of anything this year.  I know he wasn't brought here to be a top scorer, but considering what he WAS brought here to do, and the fact that expectations were low, for him to underachieve even to that standard is pretty sad.  He had the potential to round out our bottom 6 and give us good depth, and instead he just became one of the deadwood players we couldn't wait to get rid of.

Fairwell Ruutu. 

 

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If we end up drafting Jesse Puljajarvi, does he count as Finnish?  He was born in Sweden (andappears to have Swedish last name), but plays for Finland in all international tournaments.  No similar doubts when it comes to Patrik Laine.  Both should be excellent NHLers. 

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14 minutes ago, Daniel said:

If we end up drafting Jesse Puljajarvi, does he count as Finnish?  He was born in Sweden (andappears to have Swedish last name), but plays for Finland in all international tournaments.  No similar doubts when it comes to Patrik Laine.  Both should be excellent NHLers. 

I could be wrong but his last name sounds super Finnish in origin, not Swedish. It's pretty close to Magnus Paajarvi's name; who is also Swedish, but it's his Finnish grandma's last name. Guessing it's a similar deal for Puljajarvi: Swedish with Finnish origins?

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Puljujärvi is a Finnish name. Very weird name. But Finnish. 

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3 hours ago, Joonas #6 said:

Puljujärvi is a Finnish name. Very weird name. But Finnish. 

Will definitely trust you in that one.  (That he was born in Sweden and what I assume is a soft j in his last made me think it was Swedish name).  

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I was shocked to see that he had only put up one point this year. And that came in the last game of the season!!

That is just terrible even for this team.  

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