Jan Rutta

Jan Rutta (born July 29, 1990) is a Czech professional ice hockey defenceman who currently plays with the Tampa Bay Lightning in the National Hockey League (NHL).

Jan Rutta
Born (1990-07-29) July 29, 1990 (age 30)
Písek, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 198 lb (90 kg; 14 st 2 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Tampa Bay Lightning
Piráti Chomutov
Chicago Blackhawks
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2008–present

Playing careerEdit

Rutta made his Czech Extraliga debut playing with Piráti Chomutov debut during the 2012–13 Czech Extraliga season.[1]

After seven seasons with Chomutov, Rutta left the Czech Republic in signing a one-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL on June 8, 2017.[2] After attending his first training camp with the Blackhawks, Rutta made the opening night roster for the 2017–18 season. On October 9, 2017, Rutta scored his first NHL goal against goaltender Frederik Andersen in a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.[3] Rutta secured a blueline role within the Blackhawks during the season, and on March 8, 2018 was signed to a one-year $2.25 million extension.[4] With the Blackhawks missing the post-season, Rutta appeared in 57 games while adding offensively with 6 goals and 14 assists for 20 points.

In the following the 2018–19 season, with the Blackhawks continuing to struggle out of the gate, Rutta was placed on waivers after contributing with 2 goals and 6 points in 23 games on December 23, 2018.[5] After clearing he was assigned to AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs. On January 11, 2019, Rutta was traded by the Blackhawks, along with a 2019 seventh-round pick to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for Slater Koekkoek and a 2019 fifth-round pick. He was slated to continue in the AHL with the Lightning's affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch.[6] On March 3, 2019, Rutta made his debut with the Lightning in a 3–2 win over the Detroit Red Wings at Amalie Arena.[7] He played out the tail end of the regular season with the League leading Lightning, posting 2 assists in 14 games. He maintained his place in the lineup through the playoffs, recording 2 assists in a 4 game series sweep defeat to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

On May 4, 2019, Rutta was re-signed to a one-year, $1.3 million contract extension to continue with the Lightning.[8]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008–09 KLH Chomutov Czech.1 2 0 0 0 0
2008–09 SK Kadaň Czech.1 2 0 0 0 0
2008–09 IHC Pisek Czech.2 2 0 0 0 0
2009–10 SK Kadaň Czech.1 18 1 4 5 0 9 0 3 3 0
2009–10 HC Klasterec nad Ohri Czech.2 3 0 1 1 0 5 0 0 0 4
2010–11 KLH Chomutov Czech.1 24 0 0 0 10
2011–12 Piráti Chomutov Czech.1 48 2 6 8 16 12 1 4 5 6
2012–13 Piráti Chomutov ELH 37 1 3 4 18
2012–13 SK Kadaň Czech.1 7 0 3 3 0
2013–14 Piráti Chomutov ELH 17 1 2 3 4
2013–14 SK Kadaň Czech.1 18 1 3 4 8
2014–15 Piráti Chomutov Czech.1 50 11 16 27 28 22 5 7 12 46
2015–16 Piráti Chomutov ELH 44 10 11 21 22 7 1 2 3 8
2016–17 Piráti Chomutov ELH 46 8 24 32 30 17 2 11 13 8
2017–18 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 57 6 14 20 24
2018–19 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 23 2 4 6 12
2018–19 Rockford IceHogs AHL 8 1 3 4 2
2018–19 Syracuse Crunch AHL 18 3 5 8 10
2018–19 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 14 0 2 2 4 4 0 2 2 0
2019–20 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 33 1 6 7 14
ELH totals 144 20 40 60 74 24 3 13 16 16
NHL totals 127 9 26 35 54 4 0 2 2 0

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2008 Czech Republic WJC18-D1 11th 5 0 0 0 0
2017 Czech Republic WC 7th 8 1 0 1 0
Junior totals 5 0 0 0 0
Senior totals 8 1 0 1 0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "KLH Chomutov 2012–13 player statistics". eliteprospects.com. April 5, 2013. Retrieved April 5, 2013.
  2. ^ "Blackhawks agree to terms with Jan Rutta". Chicago Blackhawks. June 8, 2017. Retrieved June 8, 2017.
  3. ^ "Game notes: Oct. 9 at Toronto Maple Leafs". NHL.com. October 8, 2017. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  4. ^ "Blackhawks extend Jan Rutta". Chicago Blackhawks. March 8, 2018. Retrieved March 8, 2018.
  5. ^ "Blackhawks' Jan Rutta placed on waivers". CBS Sports. December 23, 2018. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  6. ^ "Rutta traded to Lightning from Blackhawks for Koekkoek". National Hockey League. January 11, 2019. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  7. ^ "Kucherov powers Lightning past Red Wings 3-2". Fox 17: Western Michigan. March 9, 2019. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  8. ^ "Lightning re-sign defenseman Jan Rutta to one-year contract". Tampa Bay Lightning. May 4, 2019. Retrieved May 4, 2019.

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