Chad Ruhwedel D PIT 2 weeks ago
Ruhwedel was recalled from his conditioning assignment with AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Seth Rorabaugh of The Athletic reports.
Ruhwedel notched five points during his five-game stint with the minor league Penguins. He will most likely head back to the press box as a healthy scratch now that he's been brought back to Pittsburgh.
Chad Ruhwedel D PIT 3 weeks ago
Ruhwedel will join AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on a conditioning assignment, the team announced Friday.
The move shouldn't come as s shock, considering Ruhwedel hasn't played since Nov. 19, a stretch of 18 games in the press box. The decision to get the defenseman some playing time is a good indication Jamie Oleksiak (concussion) will be available against the Blues on Saturday. Once Justin Schultz (lower leg) is cleared to return, the Penguins may have to consider making Ruhwedel's demotion to the minors permanent.
Chad Ruhwedel D PIT 4 weeks ago
Ruhwedel has served as a healthy scratch in 17 consecutive games.
Ruhwedel's chances of earning some play time took a hit when the Penguins acquired Marcus Pettersson from the Ducks. Even with Jamie Oleksiak (concussion) unavailable, coach Mike Sullivan opted to utilize Juuso Riikola instead. While it's still over a month away, the eventual return of Justin Schultz (lower leg) could result in Ruhwedel being placed on waivers for purpose of shipping him down to the minors.
Chad Ruhwedel D PIT 3 months ago
Ruhwedel made his first appearance of the 2018-19 campaign in Thursday's clash with Calgary.
Ruhwedel logged 16:26 of ice time, in which he tallied one hit, two blocks and a minus-1 rating. The San Diego native replaced Juuso Riikola in the lineup versus the Flames and will likely have to split time with the youngster until Justin Schultz (lower leg) is cleared to return. At that point, both Ruhwedel and Riikola figure to spend a good chunk of time watching from the press box.
Chad Ruhwedel D PIT 3 months ago
Ruhwedel has failed to appear in a game for the Penguins this season.
While it's only two games, Ruhwedel will face an uphill battle to break into the lineup -- especially after the strong training camp performance by Juuso Riikola. In order to avoid losing him on waivers, Pittsburgh is unlikely to send Ruhwedel down either, so the San Diego native seems poised to spend a lot of time in the press box this season.
Chad Ruhwedel D PIT 8 months ago
Ruhwedel failed to notch a single point during the Penguins' 12 postseason contests.
While Ruhwedel's lack of offensive production may have be a concern for some, the coaching staff was likely content to continue utilizing him as a penalty-kill specialist. The blueliner averaged a mere 12:28 of ice time at even strength, but was fourth on the team in shorthanded ice time per game (2:08) -- behind only Kris Letang among defensemen. Although the 28-year-old did spend some time watching from the press box -- and may again periodically in 2018-19 -- he should be on the ice more often than not.
Chad Ruhwedel D PIT 9 months ago
Ruhwedel has logged over 15 minutes of ice time on the penalty kill in the postseason.
In six playoff contests, Ruhwedel is averaging a mere 14:40 of ice time, however, 2:33 of that is coming in shorthanded situations. As a result of his inclusion on the penalty kill, the winger has recorded a team high 12 blocks. Offensively, the San Diego native won't offer much in terms of productivity (zero playoff points), but the coaching staff no doubt values his defensive contributions as they look to three-peat as Stanley Cup champions.
Chad Ruhwedel D PIT 10 months ago
Ruhwedel made his first appearance in the lineup against the Islanders on Saturday since Dec. 27.
Even following the departure of Ian Cole, Ruhwedel has been unable to break into coach Mike Sullivan's blue line pairings, having been relegated to the press box for 27 straight games. In his return to the ice, the San Diego native logged 13:55 of ice time and compiled three hits, one shot and a plus-1 rating. Without a regular spot in the lineup, the 27-year-old won't offer much in terms of fantasy value -- even in deeper formats.
Chad Ruhwedel D PIT 12 months ago
Ruhwedel (upper body) has been activated from injured reserve and is on the ice for pregame warmups ahead of Thursday's matchup with Minnesota, Jonathan Bombulie of TribLive.com reports.
Ruhwedel isn't going to be in the lineup for Thursday's contest, but he'll be ready to play following the upcoming all-star break if coach Mike Sullivan wants to shake things up on the back end. The 27-year-old American has notched one goal and three points in 30 contests this campaign.
Chad Ruhwedel D PIT 1 year ago
Ruhwedel (upper body) won't dress for Saturday's matinee against the Red Wings, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports.
Make that seven straight absences for the American defenseman, who's been a futile option in fantasy hockey anyway. Ruhwedel only has three points and a minus-7 rating through 30 games this campaign.