Ryan Gropp
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Ryan Gropp

Hometown:

Kamloops British Columbia

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1996-09-16

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2015

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2015

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

2nd Round (41st Overall), 2015

Weight:

187 lbs.

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History

2010-11: Ryan Gropp played bantam hockey for the hometown Kamlooops Blazers. He was selected by Seattle in the first round (sixth overall) of the WHL Bantam Draft and was taken by Surrey in the first round (12th overall) in the BCHL’s affiliate player draft.

2011-12: Gropp made his debut in the BCHL with Penticton as a 15-year-old while attending the Okanagan Hockey Academy in British Columbia. He scored 1 goal in his brief two-game stint with the Vees. Gropp played 10 games, including two playoff games, with the OHA Red Prep team and scored 4 goals with 6 assists and 20 penalty minutes. In 42 games for the OHA midget team he scored 21 goals with 31 assists and 60 penalty minutes. Gropp played for Team British Columbia in the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup.

2012-13: Gropp skated for the Penticton Vees in the BCHL and played for Canada Pacific in the 2013 U17 World Hockey Challenge. In 50 regular season games for the Vees he scored 12 goals with 19 assist and 26 penalty minutes. Penticton finished first in the Interior Division and reached the BCHL Finals, falling to Mainland Division champion Surrey. Gropp scored 4 goals with 5 assists and 4 penalty minutes in nine playoff games. In five games at the WHC for Canada Pacific he scored 2 goals with 1 assist and 8 penalty minutes. Gropp committed to playing college hockey at the University of North Dakota in 2014-15 in July 2013.

2013-14: Gropp began the year with Penticton before leaving the Vees in October after 10 games to join the WHL’s Seattle Thunderbirds, foregoing a college hockey career. He finished the year playing for Canada in the 2014 U18 World Juniors. Gropp scored 3 goals with 5 assists and 2 penalty minutes playing for the Vees before joining Seattle. In 59 regular season games for the Thunderbirds he scored 18 goals with 24 assists and was -5 with 22 penalty minutes. Seattle finished second in the U.S. Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Gropp scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was +1 with no penalties in nine playoff games. In seven games for Canada at the WJC he scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was +4 with no penalties.

2014-15: Gropp was the leading scorer for Seattle in his second season with the Thunderbirds — handling much of the load due to injuries to high profile scorers Roberts Lipsbergs and fellow first-year draft-eligible forward Mathew Barzal. Gropp led Seattle with 30 goals and had 28 assists with a +9 plus/minus and 44 penalty minutes in 67 regular season games. The Thunderbirds finished third in the U.S. Division, falling to second-place Portland in a first-round series. Gropp scored 1 goal with 7 assists and was -3 with 8 penalty minutes in six playoff games. He skated for Team Orr in the 2015 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game and was invited to the NHL Draft Combine. Gropp was ranked 71st amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by the New York Rangers in the second round (41st overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.

2015-16: Gropp was the Seattle Thunderbirds’ second-leading scorer behind Islanders’ prospect Mathew Barzal in his third WHL season. He scored 34 goals with 36 assists and was +10 with 40 penalty minutes in 66 regular season games. The Thunderbirds finished first in the U.S. Division. Gropp played for the WHL All-Stars in the Subway Series against Russia, recording an assist with 4 penalty minutes in two games. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with the New York Rangers in December 2015. 

Talent Analysis

At 6-foot-2, Gropp projects to be a power forward in the NHL. He has incredible skating speed and a very quick release. In addition, the Rangers are very impressed with his strength. With his size, speed and shot, Gropp is expected to be an offensive force in the NHL, but prior to getting to the show, the Rangers are looking for greater consistency in Gropp’s play.

Future

Gropp skated for the Seattle Thunderbirds in 2015-16 in his third WHL season. Signed to an entry-level contract by the Rangers in December 2015, he is expected to begin his pro career in the American Hockey League next season. A consistent scorer in junior hockey, Gropp projects as a sound two-way winger with some scoring ability.

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