Chad Ruhwedel
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Chad Ruhwedel

Hometown:

San Diego California

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1990-05-07

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2008

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

Free agent signing, 2013

Weight:

187 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2008-09: Chad Ruhwedel skated for the USHL's Sioux Falls Stampede in his first junior season. In 55 games he had 11 assists and was +12 with 30 penalty minutes. The Stampede finished fourth in the West Conference and lost in the first round of the playoffs. Ruhwedel had 1 assist and was -4 with 4 penalty minutes in four playoff games.

2009-10: Ruhwedel returned to Sioux Falls for a second season with the Stampede. In 55 games he scored 5 goals with 17 assists and was +20 with 55 penalty minutes. Sioux Falls finished third in the West and lost to Fargo in a first round playoff series. Ruhwedel had 1 assist and was -1 in three playoff games. In November 2009 he committed to playing college hockey at Massachusetts-Lowell in 2010-11.

2010-11: Ruhwedel skated in 32 of 34 games as a freshman at Massachusetts-Lowell in what was a tough season. He was the second leading scorer amongst defensemen, scoring 2 goals, both on the power play, with 13 assists to finish one point behind senior Maury Edwards. Ruhwedel was -10 with 10 penalty minutes. The River Hawks finished last in Hockey East, winning just five games.

2011-12: Ruhwedel was the leading scorer amongst defensemen for Massachusetts-Lowell in his sophomore season as the River Hawks were one of the big turnaround stories in college hockey under first year coach Norm Bazin. Ruhwedel scored 6 goals with 19 assists in 37 games and was +6 with 26 penalty minutes. The River Hawks finished second in Hockey East and received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament – defeating Miami, 4-3, in overtime in the NCAA East Regional before falling to Union, 4-2, in the final.

2012-13: Ruhwedel made the jump directly from college hockey to the NHL — skating in seven games with the Sabres following his junior season at Massachusetts-Lowell. He signed a two-year entry-level contract with Buffalo in April and made his NHL debut on April 13th in a game against the Flyers. He finished with no points or penalty minutes and had an even plus/minus; averaging 14 minutes of ice time. Ruhwedel's final college season was memorable as the River Hawks won the Hockey East regular season and playoff titles and defeated New Hampshire in the NCAA Northeast Regional final to reach the Frozen Four. Ruhwedel again led Massachusetts-Lowell defensemen in scoring with 7 goals and 16 assists in 41 games and was +16 with 20 penalty minutes. The River Hawks lost to eventual national champion Yale, 3-2 in overtime, in the Frozen Four semifinals.

 

Talent Analysis

An undrafted player out of UMass-Lowell, Ruhwedel is an offensive defenseman with some upside. He is a strong skater, both with and without the puck, and considered one of Hockey East’s top two-way players. He has good hockey sense and shown an ability to tiptoe around the offensive blueline to keep pucks in.

Future

Though Ruhwedel played seven games for the Sabres, he is not expected to make the team for the 2013-14 season. Undersized and lacking in pro experience, Ruhwedel will most likely spend the majority of the season in Rochester.

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