Ryan Sproul
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Ryan Sproul

Hometown:

Mississauga Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1993-01-13

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2011

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

2nd round (55th overall), 2011

Weight:

175 lbs.

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History

2009-10: Ryan Sproul played for two OJAHL teams during this season. In 7 games for the Bramlea Bulls, he picked up 1 assist. In 8 games for the Vaughn Vipers, he scored 1 goal and added 1 assist for 2 points. Sproul was chosen in the fourth round, 49th overall, of the 2010 USHL Entry Draft by the Tri-City Storm.

2010-11: Sproul began the season with the Vaughn Vipers, but joined the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds after 3 games with the Vipers. In 61 games for the Greyhounds, Sproul scored 14 goals and added 19 assists for 33 points.

2011-12: Sproul signed an entry-level three-year contract with Detroit in March 2012 following his second junior season with Sault Ste. Marie. He was the third-leading scorer for the Greyhounds and was third amongst all OHL defensemen with 54 points. He scored 23 goals with 31 assists and was plus-16 with 53 penalty minutes in 61 games for the Greyhounds. After a tight three-team playoff race down the stretch, Sault Ste. Marie finished fifth in the West Division, one point behind Windsor for the final spot.

2012-13: Sproul made his pro hockey debut, joining Detroit AHL affiliate Grand Rapids in April after his third OHL season with Sault Ste. Marie. He had no points and was -1 with 2 penalty minutes in two games with the Griffins. Grand Rapids went on to win the Calder Cup but Sproul did not see any playoff action. He skated in 50 OHL regular season games, missing six weeks after suffering an arm injury in October, and was the Greyhounds second-leading scorer behind forward Nick Cousins (Philadelphia). He scored 20 goals (11 on the power play) with 46 assists and was an even plus/minus with 45 penalty minutes. The Greyhounds were second in the West Division and faced Owen Sound in a first round playoff series. Sproul scored 2 goals with 3 assists and was -4 in six playoff games.

2013-14: Sproul made his NHL debut with Detroit on April 13th in a game at St. Louis after skating for Red Wings’ AHL affiliate Grand Rapids in his first pro season. He had no points nor penalties in his only NHL game, playing 18:25 minutes against the Blues. Sproul scored 11 goals with 21 assists and had an even plus/minus with 49 penalty minutes in 72 regular season games for Grand Rapids. The Griffins finished second in the Midwest Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Sproul scored 2 goals with 3 assists and was +2 with 4 penalty minutes in 10 playoff games. 

2014-15: Sproul was the second-leading scorer amongst defensemen for Detroit AHL affiliate Grand Rapids behind one-time Buffalo Sabre Nathan Paetsch in his second pro season. He scored 5 goals with 19 assists and was -5 with 26 penalty minutes in 66 regular season games. The Griffins finished first in the Midwest Division, reaching the Western Conference finals against Utica. Sproul played in five of 16 playoff games, finishing -3 with no points nor penalties. 

2015-16: Sproul skated in 75 of 76 regular season games for the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins in his third pro season. He scored 12 goals with 23 assists for 35 points, trailing only Robbie Russo amongst Griffins defensemen, and had an even plus/minus with 22 penalty minutes. The Griffins finished fourth in the Central Division, reaching the playoffs for the fourth straight season.

Talent Analysis

Sproul boasts tremendous offensive instincts, can quarterback a power play, and no longer is knocked for his skating ability or defensive skills. He has shown vast improvement since being drafted. His defensive game is still developing and he continues to refine the secondary areas of his game.

Future

Sproul continued to hone his overall game in the AHL in 2015-16, spending his third pro season with the Grand Rapids Griffins. A durable defenseman with some offensive ability and prototypical size, he is still working to become more consistent in his positional game. Long-term, Sproul is an intriguing prospect with top-four NHL potential.

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