Chad Ruhwedel

Mark Allan

2018-05-13

 

Chad Ruhwedel, D

Shoots: R

Height: 5-11

Weight: 192

Born: 1990-05-07

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Drafted: Undrafted – Signed as free agent

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

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