CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- There's a remarkable discipline about Chad Ruhwedel's game. Aside from his skating ability, a must in today's NHL, and the 412 area code in particular, there's nothing flashy about his skill set.
He makes a good first pass, he's sound positionally, he can carry the puck when called upon and he has a decent shot, an all-important right-handed one at that. When he plays within himself and takes what the game is giving, Ruhwedel has shown to be a fairly effective defenseman for the Penguins over the past two seasons.
That's when he's actually played, which isn't a whole lot.