Chad Ruhwedel (D)
||San Diego, CA
Originally signed a two-year, entry-level NHL contract as an undrafted free agent with the Buffalo Sabres on April 13, 2013. Re-signed a two-year NHL contract with Buffalo on July 16, 2014.
2013-14: Split his rookie season between the Buffalo Sabres (NHL) and Rochester Americans (AHL)… Assisted on one goal in 21 games for the Sabres and recorded 28 points (4+24) and 22 PIM in 47 regular-season appearances for Rochester… Led all Amerks defensemen with 24 assists while finishing first among team rookies in overall scoring… Scored three of his four goals on the power-play… Added five points (2+3) while appearing in all five postseason contests, ranking second on the team and tied for 16th among league blueliners during the playoffs… Scored a goal and added an assist in his professional postseason debut in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against Chicago on 4/25… Tallied two assists in the regular season finale at Toronto on 4/19… Notched an assist against Syracuse on 4/18, his first game back with the Amerks since March 7… Reassigned to Rochester on 4/17… Suffered a concussion in Buffalo’s 5-2 loss at Philadelphia on 4/06… Registered his first NHL point with an assist in Buffalo’s 3-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on 4/04… Collected two assists in a 4-1 win over Syracuse on 3/07… Tallied two assists vs. Utica on 2/14… Skated an NHL season-high 21:25 vs. Pittsburgh on 2/05… Notched an assist and was +3 at Lake Erie on 1/23… Earned an assist and was +2 at Hamilton on 1/11… Collected eight shots in three games for the Amerks during the 2013 Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland… Had a four-game point streak (1+4) from 12/04 to 12/11… Collected two assists in a 4-2 win over Lake Erie on 12/11… Logged a season-high 32:41 of ice time vs. Lake Erie on 11/11… Scored his first two pro goals on his first two shots and was named the game’s first star against Hamilton on 11/06… Was +2 at Syracuse on 11/01… Had a three-game assist streak (0+3) from 10/18 to 10/25… Registered his first professional point with an assist against Utica on 10/11… Skated 23:32 and recorded one shot on goal in his Amerks/AHL debut vs. Grand Rapids on 10/04
2012-13: Appeared in seven NHL games with the Buffalo Sabres… Logged a career-high 16:59 TOI vs. NYR on 4/19… Registered four hits at Boston on 4/17… Contributed three shots vs. Tampa Bay on 4/14… Made his pro/NHL debut vs. Philadelphia on 4/13, logging 13:00 TOI and recording one shot on goal… Recorded 23 points (7+16) and racked up 20 PIM though 41 games for the University of Massachusetts-Lowell River Hawks (H-East)… Led UMass-Lowell to the school’s first-ever Division I Frozen Four appearance where they fell to eventual NCAA champion Yale in the National Semifinals… Netted a career-high seven goals… Ranked first among team blueliners and finished fourth among Hockey East defensemen in scoring… Received First-Team All-America honors, was named the 2013 Bob Monahan Defenseman of the Year by the New England Hockey Writers Association and earned 2013 Hockey East All-Conference First Team honors… NEHWA Division I All-Star… Named to the NCAA Northeast Regional All-Tournament Team and the 2013 College Hockey News All-Star Team… Earned Hockey East All-Tournament Team honors and was named Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week for period ending Mar. 26… Named alternate captain prior to the season ... Scored the game-winner in a 2-1 victory over Providence… Assisted on the game-winner in the 1-0 victory over Boston University in the Hockey East Tournament Championship… Anchored a defense which yielded a conference-best 2.08 goals per game… 2011-12: Played in 37 of 38 games as a sophomore with the River Hawks… Scored a career-high 25 points on six goals and 19 assists, also a career-high... Led all UML defensemen in points, goals and assists… Tied for fifth among Hockey East defensemen in points… Committed 13 penalties for 26 penalty minutes… Scored a goal and notched two assists in a 4-2 win at Boston University on 2/18… Posted three points (1+2) in a 4-0 shutout over Massachusetts on 11/19… Scored the game-winning goal and added an assist in a 4-3 win at Maine on 11/12... Assisted on four game-winning goals… Tallied five multi-point games… Named a Hockey East Honorable Mention All-Star… 2010-11: Enjoyed a breakout rookie campaign with the River Hawks… Appeared in 32 games with 15 points (2+13) and 10 PIM… Led all UML freshmen and defensemen in scoring and placed fifth overall on the team in points… Named Hockey East’s Rookie of the Week for period ending Oct. 25… Named to the HE All-Academic Team… Also placed on the HE Academic All-Star Team for possessing one of the two highest GPA’s among conference defensemen... Collected four multi-point games… Tallied two assists in a 7-2 win over Providence on 2/26… Had a pair of assists in the 6-4 win at Merrimack on 1/21… Scored a goal and added two assists in a 5-4 OT win against Providence on 10/22… Tallied three assists, his first career points, in a 4-4 tie at RIT on 10/16… Made his collegiate debut in a 8-2 loss at Maine… 2009-10: Wrapped up his junior career by notching 22 points (5+17) and 55 PIM in 58 games with the Sioux Falls Stampede of the USHL… Paced all defensemen in scoring finished the season earning USHL All-Star honors… Served as team captain for the second straight season… 2008-09: Recorded 11 assists in 55 games during his rookie campaign with the Stampede… Named team captain prior to the start of the season .