Fribourg-Gottéron forward Julien Sprunger is probably the most talented 1986-born Swiss forward. He made his full pro debut in the Swiss NLA league during the 2003-04 season. In 42 games he scored 2 goals and had 3 assists along with 14 penalty minutes. Last year Sprunger had a 11-game stint with third division team Düdingen. Although being a 17-year-old in a men’s league, the forward left a great impression scoring 8 goals and 10 points.
Sprunger has already been one of the most talented players of his age group at the national team level. This year he made his international debut at the World Junior level where Switzerland regained promotion to the top level. Sprunger was a main contributor to the Swiss success scoring 7 goals and 2 assists in just 5 games.
Despite not yet putting up impressive numbers this season, one can be sure that Sprunger will be increasing his production in the next couple of years. NHL scouts will surely like his size (6’4), but Sprunger has got more to offer. He is a technical and smart player with goal scoring instincts. To make the next step Sprunger must get stronger as he is not yet taking full advantage of his size and weight.
An anonymous NHL scout told Hockey’s Future before the draft that Sprunger, “Is a technical and smart player with goal scoring instincts. To make the next step, Julien Sprunger must get stronger as he is not yet taking full advantage of his size and weight.”