Markus Ruusu


Jamsa Finland


Dallas Stars

Currently Playing In:






Eligible for draft:









6th round (163rd overall), 2015


175 lbs.

<<<<<<< Updated upstream

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.


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.

Wide range of possibilities for Dallas Stars prospects playing European or college hockey

by Mike Farkas
Joseph Cecconi - Dallas Stars

Photo: the Michigan Wolverines will have to score and defend with a team mentality next season, and Dallas Stars prospect Joseph Cecconi will be an important part of the blueline (courtesy of Dave Reginek/Getty Images)



With the playoffs underway, the Dallas Stars have proven adept at acquiring top-shelf NHL talent under General Manager Jim Nill, who has now been at the helm for three years. Other avenues of procurement have yet to pay such immediate dividends, but the Stars have some good players in every major league – including college hockey and the European leagues. Although some of the players are off the radar for the casual fan – and perhaps even management – others put together some encouraging work in the 2015-16 season.

Read more»

St. Louis prospect Husso the best of Finland’s NHL prospects in goal

by Tony Piscotta
Ville Husso - IFK Helsinki - Champions Hockey League

Photo: IFK Helsinki goaltender and St. Louis Blues prospect Ville Husso posted 25 wins for Liiga’s top team in the 2015-16 campaign (courtesy of HC Davos/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)



Finland has garnered a well-deserved reputation for developing goaltenders in recent years. The top five goalies currently playing in Finland are not likely to match the career achievements of players like Pekka Rinne or Tuukka Rask but instead are long-range projects capable of one day being competent NHL starters or backups. Read more»

2015-16 Liiga Preview, Pt. 1: Karpat shooting for threepeat as Finland’s top club

by Tony Piscotta
Sebastian Aho - Team Finland

Photo: Karpat Oulu forward and Carolina Hurricanes prospect Sebastian Aho and his Karpat teammates will be going for their third consecutive Kanada Cup championship (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)



With the addition of former Mestis club KooKoo, Finland’s Liiga in 2015-16 will feature 15 teams for the first time in league history. But, while the Kouvola-based squad should enjoy an intense rivalry with neighboring SaiPa Lappeenranta in southeastern Finland, things aren’t likely to change at the top of the league standings. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft Review: Rantanen heads bumper crop of Finnish draftees

by Tony Piscotta
Mikko Rantanen - Colorado Avalanche

Photo: Colorado Avalanche 2015 first round pick Mikko Rantanen signed an entry-level deal with the team in July (courtesy of Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)



Entering the 2015 NHL Draft, there was much uncertainty regarding the prospects coming out of Finland. TPS Turku center Mikko Rantanen was the top-ranked European skater according to Central Scouting, but after that it was anybody’s guess as to how things would go in Sunrise, Florida. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft: Dallas Stars draft review

by Mike Farkas
Denis Guryanov - Dallas Stars

Photo: Dallas Stars prospect Denis Guryanov, selected 12th overall at the 2015 NHL draft, projects as a top scoring threat at the NHL level (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)



After making nine picks per draft for the previous three drafts, the Dallas Stars may have felt as if they had some room to play with their 2015 picks. They came into the weekend a touch shorthanded due to previous trades and then exchanged their seventh round choice for the rights to goaltender Antti Niemi. All told, the Stars made five selections. With the 12th pick, they provided probably the first real surprise of the draft when they selected Russian winger Denis Guryanov.

Read more»