The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed defenseman Chad Ruhwedel to a one-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
The deal is a two-way contract that contains an average annual value of $575,000 at the NHL level.
Ruhwedel, 26, played the past four seasons in the Buffalo Sabres organization, appearing in a total of 33 NHL games with the Sabres, registering two assists.
The 5-foot-11, 191-pound righthanded-shooting defender posted 26 points (10G-16A) in 59 games with the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League in 2015-16, the second-straight year he reached double digits in goals. During the ’14-15 campaign, Ruhwedel was an alternate captain for the Americans.
A San Diego, California native, Ruhwedel (ROO-WEE-dehl) has appeared in 178 career AHL contests with the Americans, tallying 24 goals, 66 assists and 90 points. He had five points (2G-3A) in five AHL playoff contests.
Before signing with the Sabres as an undrafted free agent, Ruhwedel spent three years at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, where he was teammates with Penguins forward Scott Wilson.
Ruhwedel and Wilson teamed to lead UMASS-Lowell to the 2013 Frozen Four, which was held at CONSOL Energy Center. Ruhwedel netted 63 points (15G-48A) in 110 career appearances for the River Hawks.
During his final college season, Ruhwedel was named an NCAA First-Team All-American, a First-Team All-Hockey East and he was crowned the best defenseman in New England.