Chad Ruhwedel
Chad Ruhwedel
28-Year-Old DefensemanD
Pittsburgh Penguins
Out
Injury Upper Body
Est. Return 3/19/2019
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Following the re-signing of Jamie Oleksiak and the addition of Jack Johnson, the 28-year-old Ruhwedel is firmly cemented in the seventh defenseman role and figures to only slot into the lineup in the event of an injury. Fortunately for the puck-moving blueliner, there are not many youngsters within the Penguins system that will challenge him for his place on the 23-man roster. Without a clear path to ice time, the San Diego native offers little in terms of fantasy value -- especially when you consider he tallied just five points in 44 contests last season. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year contract with the Penguins worth $650,000 annually in June of 2017.
Set to miss some time
DPittsburgh Penguins
Upper Body
February 27, 2019
Ruhwedel (upper body) is facing an extended absence after coach Mike Sullivan told reporters, "Ruhwedel is longer term with an upper-body injury."
ANALYSIS
Ruhwedel previously spent much of the season serving as a healthy scratch, but played in the last seven games due to other injuries on the blue line. Now hurt himself, the San Diego native could miss the 20-game mark for the first time since joining the Penguins. Newly acquired defenseman Erik Gudbranson figures to take Ruhwedel's spot in the lineup, while Chris Wideman is a candidate to be called up from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to provide additional depth.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    16:17
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:05
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:17
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2016–17
17:20
0:57
1:08
2016–17
0:00
0:00
0:00
2017–18
15:44
0:09
0:33
2017–18
0:00
0:00
0:00
2018–19
16:17
0:05
1:17
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Ruhwedel, an undrafted UMass-Lowell product, was named AHL Rochester's MVP last season for his steady two-way play and ability to log heavy minutes. He appeared in 72 games and scored 36 points, both career highs, and enters this season as an impending restricted free agent. The 25-year-old is on a one-way contract, which means he is poised to make the team, though that is certainly not a guarantee. Even if he does make the team, Ruhwedel is expected to play a low-key role on either the second or third defensive pairing. He's a rather unexciting player, but gets the job done in his own zone and can provide offense when asked.
An undrafted two-way defenseman out of UMass-Lowell, Ruhwedel will play a supporting role for the Sabres, either on the bottom pairing or as depth player. Ruhwedel scored 28 points in 47 games in the AHL and, in 21 games with the Sabres, he recorded one assist. The young defenseman has a good chance of making the opening night roster, but the Sabres may feel his development would be better served logging big minutes in the minors.
Ruhwedel signed as a free agent in April after finishing a collegiate career with UMass-Lowell. He immediately joined the Sabres and suited up for the season’s final seven games, failing to reach the score sheet. He is among a large group of blue liners vying for a depth role on the Sabres, and will need to show well at training camp to avoid starting the season with the Sabres’ AHL affiliate in Rochester. There is a bit of offensive upside (23 points in 41 games in his final year of college), but he is a long way from hitting the fantasy radar at the onset of his first full season as a pro.
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Injury specified as upper body
DPittsburgh Penguins
Upper Body
February 26, 2019
Ruhwedel had his arm in a sling after Tuesday's game versus the Blue Jackets and officially has an upper-body injury, Matt Vensel of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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Joins cohort of injured blueliners
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Undisclosed
February 26, 2019
Ruhwedel exited Tuesday's game versus the Blue Jackets with an undisclosed injury, Josh Getzoff of PensTV reports.
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Scores rare game-winning goal
DPittsburgh Penguins
February 19, 2019
Ruhwedel's first goal of the season stood as the decisive tally in a 4-3 win over the Devils on Tuesday.
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Scratched again
DPittsburgh Penguins
January 31, 2019
Ruhwedel was once again watching from the press box for Wednesday's clash with Tampa Bay.
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Recalled from AHL
DPittsburgh Penguins
January 6, 2019
Ruhwedel was recalled from his conditioning assignment with AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Seth Rorabaugh of The Athletic reports.
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