Toronto Maple Leafs Prospect Profile: Chad Rau

Jack PorterCorrespondent IJuly 31, 2009

LAKE PLACID, NY - AUGUST 12:  Chad Rau #25 skates during USA Hockey's National Junior Evaluation Camp on August 12, 2006 at Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid, New York.(Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Drafted in the seventh round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Rau has turned into a nice find for the Toronto Maple Leafs.Once a USHL Rookie of the Year, Rau spent four years at Colorado College scoring 140 points in 159 games.

Chad could very well be a effective third or second line center for the Leafs, but he could also end up being a career AHL-er if his skills don't transfer well to the NHL like so many other college players before him.

 

What Rau Brings The Leafs

Chad is a natural goal scorer at the college level. He knows what to do in the offensive zone thanks to his great hockey sense. Rau's a great leader and is a hard worker despite his 5-foot-11 frame. Chad's biggest asset is his ability to win faceoffs, which could come in handy on any power play or penalty kill. One thing Rau needs to improve on is his explosiveness.

 

Rau Plays Like...

A combination of Dominic Moore and Mason Raymond

 

Rau Next Year

Rau could be playing for the Toronto Marlies next year and will one day be in the NHL.