26-Year-Old Defenseman – Buffalo Sabres
Chad Ruhwedel Contract Information:
Re-signed with the Sabres on a two-year contract in July of 2014. Ruhwedel will receive $1.3 million - $625,000 in 2014-15 and $675,000 the following season for a cap hit of $650,000. It is a two-way contract for next season ($70,000 in the AHL) and a one-way contract for 2015-16.
Ruhwedel was reassigned to AHL Rochester on Saturday, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
An undrafted two-way defenseman out of UMass-Lowell, Ruhwedel will play a supporting role for the Sabres, either on the bottom pairing or as depth player. Ruhwedel scored 28 points in 47 games in the AHL and, in 21 games with the Sabres, he recorded one assist. The young defenseman has a good chance of making the opening night roster, but the Sabres may feel his development would be better served logging big minutes in the minors.
Ruhwedel signed as a free agent in April after finishing a collegiate career with UMass-Lowell. He immediately joined the Sabres and suited up for the seasonís final seven games, failing to reach the score sheet. He is among a large group of blue liners vying for a depth role on the Sabres, and will need to show well at training camp to avoid starting the season with the Sabresí AHL affiliate in Rochester. There is a bit of offensive upside (23 points in 41 games in his final year of college), but he is a long way from hitting the fantasy radar at the onset of his first full season as a pro.