Three teams are in the mix to acquire top-scoring defenseman.
Jan Rutta, one of the top-scoring defenseman in the Czech Extraliga, is apparently generating interest from several NHL clubs, according to a report from NHL player agent Allan Walsh.
The 26 year-old Rutta is an undrafted, offensive defenseman with considerable size and playmaking ability. The 6’2,” 211 lb blue liner put up eight goals and 32 points in 46 games with Chomutov Pirati of the Czech league in 2016-17. In the playoffs, however, Rutta really turned heads with 13 points in 17 games.
“He’s a steady defenseman with size, and he had strong finish of the season,” one NHL scout said to Scott Powers from the Athletic. “He was very good in the playoffs and played his best at the Worlds.”
Earlier in May, TSN’s hockey insider Darren Dreger reported the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers were in the mix to acquire Rutta’s services. Now it appears the Chicago Blackhawks are also in the mix since he is a right-handed shot defenseman, which the Blackhawks don’t have a lot of in the organization right now.
His agent Allan Walsh also did tweet on May 18 that Rutta “will make decision on NHL offers soon.”