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.
2011-12: Rutkowski returned to Portland for his fourth WHL season, skating in all 72 games for the Winterhawks for the second straight year. One of three Portland defensemen to top the 40-point mark, he scored 13 goals with 32 assists and was +18 with 37 penalty minutes. The Winterhawks finished second in the U.S. Division and reached the WHL Finals against the Edmonton Oil Kings. Rutkowski scored 1 goal with 9 assists in 22 playoff games and was +10 with 10 penalty minutes. He was not signed by the Avalanche, becoming an unrestricted free agent.
2012-13: Rutkowski was a team captain for Portland in his overage season, skating in all 72 regular season games for the third straight year. He scored 20 goals with 46 assists (both career highs) and was +32 with 43 penalty minutes. Eight of his 20 goals came on the power play. Portland finished first in the U.S. Division for the second time in three years and won its first WHL championship; reaching the finals for the third straight season. Rutkowski scored 4 goals with 10 assists and was +9 with 14 penalty minutes in 21 WHL playoff games. Portland reached the championship game of the Memorial Cup against QMJHL champion Halifax and in five games Rutkowski was -2 and scored 2 goals with 1 assist. He signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Ottawa as a free agent in March of 2013.
2013-14: Rutkowski appeared in 12 games with Ottawa AHL affiliate Binghamton in his first pro season — spending most of the year with the ECHL’s Elmira Jackals. He scored 1 goal and was -6 with 2 penalty minutes in AHL play. Rutkowski had 9 assists and was -18 with 10 penalty minutes in 41 games for Elmira. The Jackals missed the ECHL playoffs, finishing last in the three-team Atlantic Division.
2014-15: Rutkowski played 15 AHL games with the Binghamton Senators in his second pro season and skated for Evansville in the ECHL. He scored 2 goals with 2 assists and was +1 with 14 penalty minutes with the Senators. Binghamton missed the AHL playoffs, finishing third in the East Division. The leading scorer amongst defensemen for the Icemen, Rutkowski scored 6 goals with 18 assists and was -16 with 28 penalty minutes in 54 games. Evansville had the league’s worst record, finishing last in the North Division with 15 wins in 72 games.
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 is entering the third year of his original entry-level contract with the Ottawa Senators in 2015-16. He has shown steady improvement at the ECHL level in his first two seasons, showing some offensive elements to go with his physical, competitive play. He will look to earn a full-time slot with AHL affiliate Binghamton this season.