Arttu Ruotsalainen



  • DOB: 10/29/1997
  • Ht: 5-8
  • Wt: 181
  • Shoots: R
  • Years on Team: 1
  • Hometown: Oulu, Finland
  • Drafted: Undrafted

Signed a three-year, entry-level NHL contract as an undrafted free agent with the Buffalo Sabres on March 8, 2019.

Completed his third season with the Ilves Tampere of SM-liiga in Finland ... Finished second on the team with 15 goals and tied for second in scoring with a career-high 43 points in 44 games ... Ranked third among all Ilves skaters with 28 assists ... His 43 points tied for 18th among the league’s top point-getters ... Scored seven power-play goals and had five game-winners ... Netted a hat trick and was plus-3 in the 5-2 win over Sport on 1/10 ... Capped a season-long five-game point streak (5+5) with a season-high four-point (1+3) effort in the 8-2 win over Pelicans on 1/18 ... Opened the month of October with three straight multi-point games, recording six points (2+4) over that span

Led all Ilves skaters and finished ninth in the league with a career-high 21 goals, including five on the power-play ... First on the team and 18th overall with 42 points in 59 games ... Tied for second on the team in assists (21) ... Averaged a point-per-game in the postseason, tying for the team lead with seven points (2+5) in seven playoff contests ... Collected three assists against Ässät on 3/12 ... Netted a hat trick, including the game-winning goal, in the 6-5 win over HIFK on 1/23 ... Began the month of December with seven points (2+5) in three games, including back-to-back three-point efforts ... Totaled five goals and seven points through his first seven games of the season

2017-18: Notched 20 points (9+11) in 60 games during his first season with Ilves

2016-17: Scored one goal in 34 appearances with Ässät

2015-16: Made his SM-liiga debut with Ässät, scoring five goals and adding five assists for 10 points in 51 games ... Tied for seventh amongst all league rookies in goals and ranked 15th in points ... Tied for 18th among all first-year players in assists ... Tallied a season-high three points (1+2) in the 6-2 win over Ilves on 3/05 ... Collected his first multi-point effort with a goal and an assist against HIFK on 1/08 ... Closed out the month of November on a three-game point streak (2+1), including goals in back-to-back games ... Scored his first career goal against Blues on 11/24 ... Recorded his first point with an assist in the 4-3 win over Lukko on 11/21 ... Made his professional debut against Lukko on 9/11

INTERNATIONAL: Skated with the Finnish national team for the 2018 Karjala Tournament, held annually in Finland ... Appeared in six games while representing Finland at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship in Canada ... Won a silver medal with the Finnish national team at the U-18 World Championship in Switzerland in 2015, recording two assists in seven tournament games ... Served as team captain for Finland at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup in 2014, scoring one goal and adding one assist in four games

PERSONAL: Played the last three seasons alongside fellow Buffalo Sabres prospect Oskari Laaksonen in the SM-liiga with Ilves Tampere

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Player Stats

Regular Season
2021-22 Regular SeasonROC57183351-92631160300.89
2020-21 Regular SeasonROC135813-221033001.00
2022 Calder Cup PlayoffsROC108412244037201.20