|Written by Jason Banks|
August 2012 – On paper Rau is a player very easy to overlook, and being in the Wild system does not help. He is a smaller player and has been un-explosive since his NCAA years, but he plays a tactically strong game, and at times shows size beyond his frame. That said, his frame holds him back on a consistent basis, which is likely going keep him a career minor pro player. In last season’s cup of coffee with the Wild, he showed he could score, both goals ended up being game winners. Rau’s ability to play up to his competition could prove to be a valuable one as he will come in the backdoor to the NHL. He is on a two way contract again this season and will start in Houston, barring a miracle. With the depth the Wild have accumulated lately, it is unlikely Rau gets another opportunity, and sticks. In other organizations he’ll find better opportunities. Look for him to become an explosive AHL player this season to show his true value, as the former Hobby Baker finalist needs to get recognized once again. If you get the opportunity to see him in your city, he will endear himself to you as his play is rather fun and exciting on both sides of the game.
Fantasy Outlook: C-
Has talent that is fantasy notable, but needs the opportunity to show he can be good, dependable, third-liner.
Footage: Getting to know Chad Rau, basic interview for the Houston Aeros
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|Last Updated on Saturday, 11 August 2012 15:30|