2008-09: In his WHL rookie season, Troy Rutkowski played in 65 games for the Portland Winterhawks. He scored 6 goals and added 9 assists for 15 points.
2009-10: Rutkowski played in 71 games for the Winterhawks, scoring 12 goals and adding 31 assists for 43 points. He was a +13 for the season while picking up 70 penalty minutes. In 13 playoff games, Rutkowski scored 4 goals and added 3 assists for 7 points. He played for Team Cherry at the 2010 CHL Top Prospects Game.
2010-11: Rutkowski skated in all 72 games for Portland in his third WHL season and led Winterhawks defensemen with ten goals. He was +24 on a Portland team that had the league's third-best record, finishing first in the US division, and he had 37 assists with 65 PMs. The Winterhawks reached the WHL finals and in 21 playoff games Rutkowski scored 4 goals with 9 assists and was +5 with 16 PMs.
Rutkowski is a big, physical defender who posesses a heavy slapshot. While his skating and defensive zone play could use some improvement, Rutkowski is a good passer and is unafraid to drop the gloves.
Rutkowski signed as a free agent with the Ottawa Senstors in March of 2013. He projects as a fifth or sixth blueliner at the NHL level.