When the Sabres take the ice this afternoon at First Niagara Center, they may be skating with a new face.
College hockey’s All America team came out Friday, and UMass Lowell defenseman Chad Ruhwedel was among the first-teamers.
Reports say the junior has left school to sign with the Sabres, but no contract has been filed with the NHL. Bob McKenzie of TSN reported that if a contract can be finalized by this afternoon, Ruhwedel will play this afternoon against the Flyers.
Ruhwedel, 22-years-old, is 5-foot-11, 188 pounds and a right-handed shot. A California native, Ruhwedel was also a Hockey East first-team selection after helping the River Hawks (UMass Lowell’s team name) yield just 2.02 goals per game this season. That was good for fourth amongst NCAA Division I teams. Ruhwedel recorded seven goals, 16 assists and was a plus-16 rating in 41 games for UMass Lowell.
UMass Lowell was just eliminated by Yale in the Frozen Four.
Ruhwedel played two seasons with Sioux Falls of the United States Hockey League before heading to UMass Lowell.