Jan Rutta

by Tony Carr on March 12, 2018


Jan Rutta, D

Shoots: R

Height: 6-03

Weight: 198

Born: 1990-07-29

Hometown: Pisek, Czech Republic

Signed as free agent June 7, 2017


March 2018- Rutta has been rewarded for his fine play with a contract extension. Rutta is now signed through the 2019 season. Tony Carr


March 2018 - Rutta continues to ride the roller coaster during his rookie campaign. After returning from a trip to the IR, Rutta has been playing some of his best hockey of the year. The offensive side of things hasn’t been a problem, and he has solidified his play in the defensive end. Look for a healthy Rutta to continue to improve as the season winds down. Tony Carr

December 2017- Rutta looks more and more comfortable every game, giving the Blackhawks some reliability on the blueline beyond Seabrook and Keith. You can tell the offensive instincts are there but it’s his play in his own end that is the most notable improvement from the start of the season. Tony Carr

November 2017- Rutta is off to a solid start to his NHL career, seeing action in all of the Blackhawks games so far, while logging just shy of 20 minutes per night. He was brought in to help provide offence and add to the team speed and hasn’t disappointed so far. Grab him if he’s available in your league. Tony Carr

October 2017- Rutta has looked like a seasoned vet so far this year, playing alongside Duncan Keith. Seeing almost 19 minutes a night, he has displayed his world class skating on both sides of the puck, putting up some decent early numbers in points and blocks while maintaining a healthy plus/minus. Look for these numbers to continue as he gets more comfortable. Tony Carr


June 2017 – The Blackhawks signed Rutta from Pirati Chomutov of the Czech Extraliga to a one-year, entry-level deal. This signing makes an already-cloudy roster situation in Chicago even more interesting. At age 26, the coveted, offensively gifted defenseman brings more to the table than most first-year players. He has a great shot, using a very quick release, exceptional vision (illustrated by a career high in assists this past season) and the ability to find the open areas of the ice.

A big-bodied defender who can move around the ice well, Rutta has all the tools to make a quick transition to the North American style of play. Tony Carr


Fantasy Outlook: B

Offensively minded, Rutta should be able to put up points at the NHL level right away. Expect to see him get some opportunities on the power play early in the season. Plays like Brent Seabrook on offence, although less physical in his own end.



Rutta wearing No. 90 in these highlights.



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