|Written by Zenon Herasymiuk|
April 2013 - Ruopp's junior team, the Prince Albert Raiders, were just knocked out of the playoffs in the first round. But his season will not end just yet, as the Penguins have signed him to an entry level contract. He will join their AHL affiliate. Ruopp finished the year with a career high 16 points. He was a willing combatant once again with 12 fighting majors, and ending with 132 penalty minutes. Seth Brisendine
February 2013 – Ruopp is having another quiet season up in Prince Albert. He has a new career high in points with 12 and a career high plus/minus of plus-11. He has also added 105 penalty minutes thus far. Ruopp is a rock on the backend and will be leaned on heavily to shutdown opposing teams’ top lines in the postseason. He will be given a shot at cracking the AHL team in Wilkes Barre-Scranton, but it will be tough given the Penguins depth at the defense position. Zenon Herasymiuk
July 2012 – Pittsburg recently acquired Ruopp in a trade with the Yotes’. The Pens’ gave up Zbynek Michalek in the deal, so they must have faith in their return turning into a solid stay at home defenseman in the next few years. He will be going back to Prince Albert again this season and likely take the long AHL route in following seasons before being a consideration to the NHL roster. He has bulked up and is now tipping scales around 200, which is a positive step for him to be a force at the WHL level. Jason Banks
April 2012 – Ruopp is an all defense rearguard that plays a tough as nails game. Has only recorded 18 total points in three WHL seasons, but has been one of the few bright spots on the lowly Prince Albert Raiders. Some thought that the Coyotes may have reached a bit to take him in the third round, but he could turn out to be a diamond in the rough with his quite, physical style. Will need to make big leaps next year in his overall hockey sense and offensive involvement if he wants to prove the doubters wrong.
Fantasy Outlook: D-
Little to no offensive upside. Will take enough PIM and rack up enough hits to at least get a bit of fantasy consideration.
Ruopp sheds the flippers:
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|Last Updated on Monday, 08 April 2013 05:00|