This is probably going to be the shortest season grade post, at least for the forwards. Ruutu suited up for 33 games this season and had 1 point. Ruutu also made $5,000,000 last season. $5,000,000. 1 point. 33 games. It was bad, and that’s a nice way of putting it. Ruutu was often a healthy scratch, which was smart by Hynes. Let’s take a look at Ruutu’s 2015-16 season below.
|5v5 TOI||5v5 Goals||5v5 Assists||5v5 Points||5v5 G60||5v5 A60||5v5 P60||5v5 Pen D||5v5 CF%||5v5 CF% Rel||5v5 SH%||5v5 ZSO% Rel|
|5v4 TOI||5v4 Goals||5v4 Assists||5v4 Points||5v4 G60||5v4 A60||5v4 P60||5v4 Pen D||5v4 CF%||5v4 CF% Rel||5v4 SH%||5v4 ZSO% Rel|
|4v5 TOI||4v5 Goals||4v5 Assists||4v5 Points||4v5 G60||4v5 A60||4v5 P60||4v5 Pen D||4v5 CF%||4v5 CF% Rel||4v5 SH%||4v5 ZSO% Rel|
All Situations Numbers
|All TOI||All Goals||All Assists||All Points||All G60||All A60||All P60||All Pen D||All CF%||All CF% Rel||All SH%||All ZSO% Rel|
Let’s get right to it. The only real positive things to say about Ruutu’s season was that he wasn’t a black hole possession wise during 5v5 play. Relative to the rest of the team, he started in the defensive zone pretty often. He was also a positive possession player relative to the rest of the team.
He didn’t play much time on the power play or penalty kill. He isn’t a great defensive player, so the penalty kill makes sense. He clearly wasn’t a great offensive threat this season, so no power play time also makes sense. Ruutu also had some injury problems this season. He missed some time with a fractured foot, and it just fell apart from that point. There’s really not much else to say about Ruutu.
Season Grade: F
If I could give lower than an F, I probably would. Ruutu was bad last season, plain and simple. His 1 point in 33 games for a player making $5,000,000 is unacceptable. He also had some dumb moments, specifically when he was fined $5,000 for slew-footing Matt Cullen. Thankfully, the Ruutu experiment should over (for the love of God, please let the Ruutu experiment be over). I can’t see any scenario where Shero re-signs Ruutu. He brings nothing to the team, and he shouldn’t be back next year. Ruutu’s time with the Devils was forgettable. The trade to bring him in was confusing, and he didn’t do much to garner praise. At this point, I’m thankful it’s (hopefully) over.
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