Kyle Rau

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Kyle Rau
Born (1992-10-24) October 24, 1992 (age 25)
Hoffman Estates, Illinois, U.S.[1]
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Former teams
Minnesota Wild
Iowa Wild (AHL)
Florida Panthers
NHL Draft 91st overall, 2011
Florida Panthers
Playing career 2015–present

Kyle Rau (born October 24, 1992) is an American professional ice hockey forward currently playing for the Iowa Wild in the American Hockey League (AHL) while under contract to the Minnesota Wild in the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected by the Florida Panthers in the 3rd round (91st overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

In following his family ties, Rau first established himself in being a standout player in high school with Eden Prairie High. In his final year in 2011, Rau scored 69 points in just 25 games to earn selection as the Minnesota Mr. Hockey winner, as the best school player in Minnesota.[2] Rau committed and played collegiate hockey within his homestate, with the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

In his senior year, Rau captained Minnesota for the 2014–15 season. Leading the Gophers to the Big Ten Conference Championship, he compiled 20 goals and 41 points in 39 games. On March 29, 2015, Rau signalled the end of his college career, having amassed 164 points in 160 contests, in signing a three-year entry-level contract with the Florida Panthers.[3] He was then signed to an amateur try-out contract to complete the season in making his professional debut in the American Hockey League with affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage. Rau scored in his first game with the Rampage on his first shot, in a 7–3 defeat to the Adirondack Flames on April 4, 2015.[4]

After attending the Panthers 2015 training camp, Rau was assigned to being his rookie professional season with new AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates on September 25, 2015.[5] In the 2015–16 season, Rau quickly adapted to the pro level, scoring 17 goals in just 48 games before he received his first NHL recall to the Panthers on February 19, 2016.[6] He made his NHL debut in a 3–1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on February 20, 2016.[7].

Following the 2016–17 season with the Panthers, Rau was surprisingly not tendered a qualifying offer as a restricted free agent. On July 1, 2017 he signed as a free agent to a one-year, two-way contract with the Minnesota Wild.[8]

Personal[edit]

Kyle's older brother, Chad Rau, played NCAA hockey with Colorado College. He also played 9 games in the NHL with the Minnesota Wild and is currently playing in the Kontinental Hockey League for HC Neftekhimik. He also has a brother, Matt, and a twin brother, Curt.[9][10]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2009–10 Eden Prairie High USHS 25 38 39 77 12 3 2 2 4 0
2010–11 Eden Prairie High USHS 25 33 36 69 8 6 8 4 12 2
2010–11 Sioux Falls Stampede USHL 11 4 6 10 15 10 7 5 12 4
2011–12 University of Minnesota WCHA 40 18 25 43 29
2012–13 University of Minnesota WCHA 40 15 25 40 22
2013–14 University of Minnesota B1G 41 14 26 40 16
2014–15 University of Minnesota B1G 39 20 21 41 18
2014–15 San Antonio Rampage AHL 7 2 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 2
2015–16 Portland Pirates AHL 63 17 14 31 24 5 1 1 2 2
2015–16 Florida Panthers NHL 9 0 0 0 2
2016–17 Springfield Thunderbirds AHL 48 10 14 24 32
2016–17 Florida Panthers NHL 24 2 1 3 4
NHL totals 33 2 1 3 6

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2012 United States WJC 7th 6 3 2 5 4
Junior totals 6 3 2 5 4

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
USHS
Minnesota Mr. Hockey 2011 [2]
College
All-WCHA Rookie Team 2011–12 [11]
WCHA All-Academic Team 2013
B1G Second All-Star Team 2014 [12]
NCAA All-Tournament Team 2014
NCAA West Second All-American Team 2014
B1G Second All-Star Team 2015
NCAA All-Americans 2nd Team 2015

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