Wild Call Up Eden Prairie Native Chad Rau (TM)...oh and Ortmeyer too
The Wild have now recalled Chad Rau and Jed Ortmeyer from Houston while reassigning Cody Almond.
I don't care for Ortmeyer. I think he is really redundent with Warren Peters. Granted Almond didn't show much and was given a huge chance with Cullen missing a game and now Koivu.
Rau on the other hand i'm excited to see. I have been calling for him to get a chance for a while now. He is going to be a more skilled guy at center. He won't wow you defensively, but he is solid in his own end and can hang onto the puck. He is speedy and if i'm right he is going to impress.
Last edited by GopherState: 12-18-2011 at 01:44 PM.
Rau was a beast in the USHL playing for Des Moines and then in college at CC. His junior year scored 28-14-42. Was consistently a 30+ point guy in college. His first year in Houston put up 19-19-38 in 79 games. Last year 13-27-40 in 60 games.
If your too lazy to read it just talks about how Rau has a knack for scoring and great awareness in the offensive zone. It also talks about how his skating could use work but we'll see how he has progressed since this analysis. He is only 5'11 but he plays bigger. I think he will be a surprise player for us and may impress a few of you. He has always flown under the radar and has finally being given a real opportunity. Hopefully we get to see him play.
Just thought I would put some side by side stats for our college free agents forwards who have recently gotten called up. Pretty interesting when you look at it.
Rau is a year younger than Palmer and same age as Wellman and he put up comprable numbers to both in college in a tougher WCHA conference. The only real disparity is Wellman's first year AHL numbers because he put up those numbers in about 41 games