Markus Ruusu

Hometown:

Jamsa Finland

Team:

Dallas Stars

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1997-08-23

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2015

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

2015

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

6th round (163rd overall), 2015

Weight:

175 lbs.

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History

2012-13: Markus Ruusu played for the Tappara Tampere U16 team in Finland. 

2013-14: Ruusu went from Tappara to JyP Jyvaskyla, starting for the club’s U18 team. He appeared in one game with the Finland U17 team. In 33 games for JyP in B Juniors he posted a 3.67 goals against with a .897 save percentage. Ruusu had a 3.94 goals against and .875 save percentage playing for Finland. 

2014-15: Ruusu appeared in 12 games with the JyP U20 team and was one of the top goalies in Finland’s B Juniors with the club’s U18 squad. He posted a 2.96 goals against and .918 save percentage in 12 games in A Juniors, sharing time with Veini Vehvilainen and Jose Kangaskorte. In 34 games for the JyP U18 team he had a 2.97 goals against and .920 save percentage. Ruusu was not amongst the 10 international goaltenders in the Central Scouting final rankings. He was selected by Dallas in the sixth round (163rd overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft. 

Talent Analysis

Ruusu is a big goalie who is calm in the net and plays well in his own crease. He maintains his balance after making stops and is quick to recover. He is still fairly early in the development process but has made steady progress in developing the supplementary areas of his game.

Future

Ruusu attended his first development camp with the Stars before returning to Finland. He has split the year between JyP Akatemia in Mestis and the JyP Jyvaskyla U20 team and also skated for the Finland U19 team at the Five Nations Tournament in Germany. Ruusu is still in the early stages of development but his physical tools and competitive attitude suggests he has the potential to be an effective NHL goaltender.

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