The Buffalo Sabres announced on Wednesday, July 16 they have signed defenseman Chad Ruhwedel to a two-year contract.
Ruhwedel has been with the Sabres organization since he turned professional following the 2012-13 Hockey East season. The former UMass Lowell River Hawk standout defenseman has spent 28 games at the National Hockey League level with the Sabres over two years and has tallied a single assist with two penalty minutes and a minus-three rating.
The San Diego, California native has spent most of his professional career with the Sabres American Hockey League affiliate Rochester Americans, including a trip to the Spangler Cup during the 2013-14 season. In 47 games, Ruhwedel has tallied 28 points (4g, 24a), which ranked second on the team, with 22 penalty minutes and a minus-one rating. He also appeared in five playoff games and recorded five points (2g, 3a), which was second-most on the team.
Prior to joining the Sabres, the defenseman spent three years at UMass Lowell from 2010-2013 before departing early to turn professional. In 110 NCAA games, Ruhwedel tallied 63 points (15g, 48a) with 56 penalty minutes and a plus-14 rating. The 24-year-old was a big part of the River Hawks first ever Hockey East regular season and Hockey East tournament championship in 2013. He was also named to the Hockey East First All-Star Team in the same year.
Ruhwedel will likely start the 2014-15 season in Rochester and get a mid-season call up at some point, but if he can impress the team enough at training camp, he may get a shot at the outset.