Nick Pryor
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Nick Pryor

Hometown:

St. Paul Minnesota

Currently Playing In:

Birthday:

1990-09-09

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2008

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2008

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

7th round (208th overall), 2008

Weight:

184 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2007-08: Nick Pryor had 14 points in 53 games with the National Development Program’s U-18 team.  At the the U18 Championship in Kazan, he was held pointless in seven games.

2008-09: Split the season between the Des Moines Buccaneers and Waterloo Black Hawks where he posted 7 goals and 17 assists in 43 games.

2009-10: In his freshman season with U of Maine Pryor skated for only six games because of multiple injuries.

2010-11: Pryor's sophomore season at Maine was limited to five games in December. He missed the Black Bears' first 13 games while recovering from hip surgery and later suffered a season-ending injury for the second year in a row. Pyior's only points, two assists, came in a 4-1 win over Massachusetts and he finished +1 in his limited action.

2011-12: Pryor skated in 36 of 40 games for the University of Maine as a junior – playing both forward and defense for the Black Bears. Staying healthy for the first time in his college career, he scored 2 goals with 11 assists and was minus-two with 14 penalty minutes. Maine finished fourth in Hockey East and earned an at-large NCAA tournament bid after reaching the Hockey East championship game against eventual national champion Boston College.

2012-13: Pryor was limited in his senior season at Maine due to concussion-like symptoms — playing his last college game against Mercyhurst on January 5th. He had 2 assists and was -12 with 4 penalty minutes in 17 games for the Black Bears. Maine finished tied for seventh with Vermont, clinching the final Hockey East playoff spot, and was swept by regular season champion Massachusetts-Lowell in a quarterfinal series. Pryor was not signed to an entry-level contract by Anaheim by August 2013, becoming an unrestricted free agent.

 

Talent Analysis

Pryor has the skill set of a mobile, puck-moving defenseman, and showed a bit of that potential in his junior year. However in his senior year he took a giant step backwards and lost playing time with University of Maine. Confidence is an issue, as well as injuries and overall healthy. Pryor just cannot seem to get healthy and play a full season.

 

Future

At 23 years old going into the 2013-14 season, Pryor is at a point where his career is on the line. He failed to impress or stay healthy at the NCAA level playing just 64 of 168 possible games over his four years. It would not be surprising to see Pryor move to the ECHL to try and rekindle some of his form before moving to the AHL. He certainly is not an everyday AHL player at this point in his career.

 

 

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