The Buffalo Sabres announced on Friday that the team has recalled defenseman Chad Ruhwedel from the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Ruhwedel is making his first trip the the National Hockey League (NHL) this season. Over his career, the defenseman has two assists over 32 NHL contests. He played only four games last season and 21 games the year before that.
The San Diego, California native has 22 points (8g, 14a) over 46 games this season for the Americans at the AHL level. Ruhwedel has 11 points (4g, 7a) over his last 12 games and leads all Amerk defenseman with eight goals. Over his career, he has 86 points (22g, 64a) over 165 AHL contests.
Prior to joining the Sabres’ organization, Ruhwedel spent three years with the UMass Lowell River Hawks from 2010-2013. The defenseman opted to skip his final year of NCAA eligibility and sign a two-year entry level deal with Buffalo. In 110 games with UMass Lowell, Ruhwedel tallied 63 points (15g, 43a) with 56 penalty minutes.
Ruhwedel is the fourth former River Hawk in the NHL currently. The River Hawks had five at one point during this season when Connor Hellebuyck was with the Winnipeg Jets and Christian Folin was up with the Minnesota Wild.
UPDATED MARCH 19:
Ruhwedel was re-assigned to the Rochester Americans on Saturday, March 19.