Daniel Sprong
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Daniel Sprong


Amsterdam Netherlands

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2nd Round (46th Overall), 2015


180 lbs.

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2012-13: Daniel Sprong returned to Quebec after playing bantam hockey for the USA national champion Wilkes-Barre Knights in Pennsylvania the previous season; skating for the Lac St-Louis Tigres Espoir midget AA team. Sprong scored 48 goals with 56 assists, setting a league record with 104 points in 30 regular season games. He scored 5 goals with 3 assists in three playoff games. Sprong was selected by Charlottetown in the first round (13th overall) in the 2013 QMJHL Entry Draft.

2013-14: Sprong made his QMJHL debut as a 16-year-old, leading Charlottetown in scoring as a rookie. He scored 30 goals with 38 assists and was -20 with 20 penalty minutes in 67 regular season games. Charlottetown finished fifth in the Maritimes Division before being swept by Halifax in a first-round playoff series. Sprong scored 4 goals with 1 assist and was -5 with no penalties in four playoff games.

2014-15: Sprong and fellow 17-year-old forward Filip Chlapik were the top two scorers for Charlottetown as the Islanders finished second in the Maritimes Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Sprong scored 39 goals with 49 assists (both tops on the team) in 68 games and was -23 with 18 penalty minutes. He led the Islanders with 7 goals and 4 assists and was -6 with 6 penalty minutes in 10 playoff games. Sprong skated for Team Cherry in the 2015 CHL/NHL Top Prospects game and was ranked 20th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings. He was selected by Pittsburgh in the second round (46th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.

2015-16: Sprong signed a three-year entry-level contract with Pittsburgh in August 2015 and made the Penguins out of training camp as an 18-year-old. He skated in 18 games with Pittsburgh before being returned to the QMJHL’s Charlottetown Islanders in December. Sprong scored 2 goals and was -1 with no penalties, averaging 8:43 minutes of ice time with the Penguins. Sprong played 33 regular season games with Charlottetown in his third QMJHL season. He scored 16 goals with 30 assists and was -7 with 22 penalty minutes. The Islanders finished fourth in the Maritimes Division, defeating Rimouski in a first-round series before falling to Shawinigan. Sprong scored 4 goals with 11 assists and was -3 with 12 penalty minutes in 12 playoff games.



Talent Analysis

A strong, imposing forward with quick feet, Sprong oozes offensive ability. His stickhandling and puck skills were amongst the best in the 2015 NHL Draft, but his defensive game has quite a few lapses in terms of defensive zone positioning and losing track of his man. A lot of those defensive deficiencies can be masked at the junior level, however, when you own a shot like Sprong does. Make no mistake, if he is to become a full-time NHL player, it will be in a top-six offensive role.


Sprong received more than a coffee with the Penguins in 2015-16 as an 18-year-old, skating in 18 games after making the team out of training camp before being returned to the Charlottetown Islanders in December. A dominant scorer at the junior level, Sprong was physically overmatched at times with the Penguins but the experience gained should help in the future. His overall skill set compares favorably with other young forwards coming out of junior hockey and he is expected to be an impact player when he is NHL-ready.

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