Chad Ruhwedel

Mark Allan



Chad Ruhwedel, D

Shoots: R

Height: 5-11

Weight: 192

Born: 1990-05-07

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Drafted: Undrafted – Signed as free agent







May 2018 – The good news is that the 28-year-old defender didn’t play a minor-league game in 2017-18. However, he made just 44 appearances due to injuries and the December acquisition of the hulking Jamie Oleksiak. Ruhwedel, who managed just five points (and minus-8) in those 44 games, got to know all the media guys in the press box well because he was a healthy scratch so often. Ruhwedel has a year left on his contract and is extremely affordable, but GM Jim Rutherford knows he has to upgrade his blueline. Expect Ruhwedel to be in the press box, AHL or with another NHL organization. Mark Allan


February 2018 – A healthy scratch in Pittsburgh’s first two outings without the traded Ian Cole, Ruhwedel is the team’s No. 7 blueliner and the first to get some action if anyone above him on the depth chart is hurt. He’s got some mobility and good puck-moving ability, although that has translated into exactly three points in 30 NHL games this campaign with an average of 15:49 TOI. Even without Cole, poolies shouldn’t expect much from Ruhwedel because coach Mike Sullivan is going to lean heavily on his top four defensemen, although Ruhwedel might see some ice if third-pairing partners Matt Hunwick and Jamie Oleksiak are being torched regularly. Mark Allan

January 2018 – At 27 one of the oldest prospects in the NHL, the mobile yet smallish blueliner returned after missing 10 games with an upper-body injury. Partnered with Olli Maatta previously, Ruhwedel was a healthy scratch in a 6-3 win over Minnesota as Maatta got lots of TOI with Justin Schultz. Ruhwedel has some puck-moving skill, but he’s got just three points in 30 games and is minus-7, relegating him to spare-part status. Mark Allan


October 2017 – A two-year, $1.3-million contract extension indicates some faith, but does not guarantee playing time. A healthy scratch in half of Pittsburgh’s first six games, and paired with Olli Maatta when he’s played, Ruhwedel is clearly the team’s No. 7 blueliner. Even when he’s playing more due to someone else’s injury, he has limited fantasy value. Mark Allan


June 2017 – Ruhwedel earned a two-year contract extension. Mark Allan

June 2017 – Strictly a stop-gap measure when Pittsburgh defensemen were beset by injuries, the veteran (who’s played in 67 NHL games during five campaigns) acquitted himself pretty well. Besides being an impressive plus-9 in 34 games with Pittsburgh, he had 10 points, including one memorable three-assist game in which he temporarily took the sting out of missing stud blueliner Kris Letang. Ruhwedel had no points in six post-season outings. As one a dozen back-end free agents between the NHL and AHL Penguins, Ruhwedel’s future is uncertain. Mark Allan

February 2017 – When Evgeni Malkin drew a faceoff back to the right point and Ruhwedel floated a long shot past Michal Neuwirth in a 4-2 outdoor victory Saturday over the Flyers, the Pittsburgh defenseman doubled his NHL goals total by potting his second this season. He was on the power play for 2:12, but don't get excited. The