Kyle Rau, C

Shoots: L

Height: 5-8

Weight: 173

Born: 1992-10-24

Hometown: Hoffman Estates, IL, USA

Drafted: 2011 by the Florida Panthers, 91st overall








March 2015 - Rau has officially signed his first professional contract with the Florida Panthers.  He will make the move to the AHL after a successful collegiate career with the Golden Gophers where he posted 164 points in 160 games. The diminutive centre will look to make an impact with the Rampage as they push towards first in their division. - Lee Rayson


December 2014 - As a fourth year senior with the University of Minnesota, Rau is on pace for his most productive offensive season with the Golden Gophers.  He has 17 points through 14 games and has scored in three straight games as of December 6th.  His first three seasons combined he produced at a rate of 1.02 points per game, while this season Rau has increased his output up to 1.21 points per game as of December 6th.  He has shown consistency with his scoring ability as he has only been held off of the scoresheet in three of their first 17 games.  Lee Rayson


March 2014 - Rau leads the Gophers in points through 37 games with 34 points. He is first in assists with 22, first in powerplay markers with six, first in game-winning goals with five, and is second in shots on goal with 103. Minnesota is deep throughout the lineup, and was recently named the top overall seed for the upcoming Division I Championship tournament that preludes the Frozen Four. With the Gophers having such high expectations it is a good time for Rau to show what he can do when it matters. Nathan Kanter


December 2013 - Rau has continued to pile up solid point totals and now has 16 points in 15 games for a Gophers squad that has gone 11-2-2 in its first 15 games. Expect another point-per-game season from the small forward. Nathan Kanter


November 2013 - Rau, playing on a Minnesota team that has gone 8-1-1 in its first 10 games, surprisingly only has 10 points. A point-per-game is certainly not struggling, but he is fourth on his team in scoring (he's been second on Minnesota the past two seasons). Last year he led the WCHA in game-winning goals but this year he has just one goal so far. Expect the goals to come sooner rather than later (he's second on the team in shots on goal; just one goal on 29 shots). Nathan Kanter


October 2013 - Rau will return for his junior year at Minnesota where he looks to build on a very strong first two campaigns. It's quite possible he is in the running for the Hobey Baker award at season's end. Perhaps he gets in some AHL time in April as well. That will be the game changer for Rau, changing from the huge college ice to the smaller pro league size for someone so small. Nathan Kanter


March 2013 – Rau followed up his great rookie campaign, where he was named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team and posted 43 points, with a solid sophomore campaign in which he once again broke the 40-point barrier with 15 goals and 25 assists. His 40 points for the University of Minnesota were good enough for 9th in the WCHA, while his seven game-winning goals lead the entire conference. Rau has shown he knows how to use his speed to be a successful goal scorer despite his size, and will likely return to the Gophers for his junior season. The question will be whether his size becomes an issue once he turns pro, as it clearly isn’t a drawback at the college level. Nathan Kanter


February, 2012 – Kyle Rau is a small, skilled forward with great quickness.  Currently in his freshman season at the University of Minnesota, Rau is averaging a point per game playing against bigger and older competition.  His play reminds me of Vancouver prospect Jordan Schroeder.


Fantasy Outlook: B-

Rau is small, and plays small. He is very skilled, but still years away and has the AHL to go to after College.



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