2004-05: Played for Shattuck-St. Mary’s in the USHS. Recorded 26 goals and 54 assists in 69 games with 30 PIMs.
2005-06: Continued playing for Shattuck-St. Mary’s. Put up better numbers than the previous year with 38 goals and 51 assists in 60 games played and 70 PIMs.
2006-07: After one NCAA season, one in which he did nothing but impress, the Leafs may have found a gem. Playing in 40 games as a freshman at the University of Denver, Ruegsegger scored 15 goals and added 19 assists for 34 points, playing on a young team. He finished fourth in team scoring and was third in goals. He will likely spend four full years in Colorado, desperately trying to add strength and improve his skating. His skating is becoming less of a hindrance as he translates his terrific hockey sense and playmaking ability to each level.
2007-08: In his second year with the University of Denver (WCHA), Ruegsegger played in 31 of the clubs 41 games. He tallied 22 points on 10 goals and 12 assists and ranked second on the team with five power-play goals. He tied for fourth on the team in goals and tied for fifth in points. He had three game-winning goals this season and netted a career-high five points (1+4) in a 6-2 win at Alaska Anchorage on Dec. 15. He charted six multi-point games and had two multi-goal games. He drew the whistle 14 times for 39 total PIM. He helped Team USA to a fourth-place finish at the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship. He was sidelined for eight games with an abdominal injury. He earned WCHA Scholar-Athlete and ALL-WCHA Academic Team honors.
Ruegsegger is incredibly competitive, strong in both ends and can score consistently. His skating is below average, which could be a barrier to his reaching the NHL. If he does plan on making it the NHL he’ll need to work on skating with more agility and balance as well as speed. If he can develop his skating and combine it with his scoring touch, he could be a real threat.