Sabres go back to school, ink Ruhwedel

The Buffalo Sabres are set to announce the signing of University of Massachusetts-Lowell defenseman Chad Ruhwedel to a two-year entry-level contract.

A 5'11" native of San Diego, CA, Ruhwedel was recently named a first team CCM All-American after netting seven goals, 23 points, and a plus-16 rating in his third season with the River Hawks. The USHL product has developed a reputation as a very strong defensive player with good skating skills, a nice wrist shot, and an ability to provide a good push from the back end. The River Hawks functioned as one of the stingiest defensive groups in 2012-13 en route to gaining a berth in the NCAA Frozen Four before falling to Yale. Ruhwedel, an assistant captain, was a huge part of their own-zone success with his smarts and steady decision making.

The 22-year old Ruhwedel, who will forego his final year of NCAA eligibility, could make his professional debut with the Sabres over the weekend. He joins Mike Kostka (UMass - 2008), Brian Flynn (Maine - 2012), and Tim Schaller (Providence - 2013) as recent Hockey East products to earn free agent contracts from the Sabres organization.

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Saturday, April 13, 2013 ×

22-year old Ruhwedel have a great future

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Kevin
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Sunday, April 14, 2013 ×

I'm wondering if the Sabres promised him they will offer a contract extension this summer. Since he will already be in the last year of the contract. Think about that as an incentive. Everyone is bound by a two year deal but if the Sabres said, you'll play right away, burn a year off the contract then we'll sign you to a two year extension, we're guaranteeing you more than anyone else can offer. Guess we'll find out in July and August on this theory.

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Monday, April 15, 2013 ×

I think playing right away is a big incentive that most other teams couldn't offer.

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