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Red Wings Prospects Tracker - Part III - Revenge of the Prospects
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04-23-2012, 05:09 PM
Join Date: May 2010
Sproul one of the top 3 D-men in the OHL.
3) Ryan Sproul, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
NHL Rights: Detroit Red Wings
Drafted: 2nd round, 55th overall, 2011
Sproul takes up a lot of room on the Soo blue line, but has plenty of time - and space - to grow. At 6'4, Sproul uses his reach effectively and combines that with a hard, accurate shot from the point. At 185 pounds, he has plenty of room on his frame to grow.
The Mississauga, ON native showed flashes of his potential in his breakout 2010-11 campaign, where he finished the season with 14 goals and 33 points in 61 games. However, his minus-15 rating reflected his transition to the OHL - and the challenges that the Greyhounds faced last year.
This season, buoyed by the arrival of Jack Campbell (DAL) in a mid-season trade, Sproul showed the refinement of his game. He improved all of his offensive numbers, finishing the year with 23 goals and 31 assists, but the greatest improvement came in his own end, where he completely turned around his plus-minus totals to finish plus-16.
Sproul combines solid skating with good positioning. Although some questions remain about his defensive abilities, he did manage to answer many of his critics with a solid season.
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