Americans' defensive tandem of McNabb, Ruhwedel looking to grow into NHL defensemen
After a slow start to the 2013-14 season, the Rochester Americans seem to have righted the ship heading into November. A big part of their recent success has been two defensemen that are poised to play at the next level in the very near future.
After finishing his third season with UMass-Lowell, Chad Ruhwedel made the jump straight to the NHL last season, finishing the year in Buffalo with the Sabres. In seven games in April, 2013, Ruhwedel went scoreless with an even plus/minus rating.
This season, after the Buffalo Sabres drafted two defensemen in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft, Ruhwedel finds himself beginning his first full professional season in the American Hockey League (AHL) with the Americans.… read more