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07-01-2012, 04:39 PM
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Ryan Spooner profile

NEHJ has this profile on Ryan Spooner:

Strengths: Blazing skater is both fast and elusive with the ability to separate from defenders with a breakaway gear, but can also shake opponents with shifty, rapid changes in direction. Deft stick handler who attacks the net with dazzling moves. Effective playmaker who has a superb feel for the flow of the play and can exploit seams and passing lanes in defenses with a soft touch for tape-to-tape passes. Quick release; not afraid to get the puck on net and likes to shoot rather than always looking for open teammates. Arguably Boston's top offensive prospect with the speed and skill to back defenses up and generate quality scoring chances. A conscientious player with the desire to improve his all-around game.

Weaknesses: Average size, but Spooner recently was measured at a shade under 6-foot, so he has grown about an inch since being drafted. Won't ever have ideal size or the strength to play a physical game in the NHL, so will need to play effectively in space. Defensive play has markedly improved since becoming a Boston prospect but is still a work in progress.

Projection: Top-six forward and power play ace after some developmental time in the AHL. The size will be a question for Spooner until he establishes himself at the NHL level, but at around 6-feet, he's more than equipped to be an impact player at the highest level.

While he does have a leg up on plenty of the competition in terms of experience, Spooner's slick offensive abilities are a notch above just about everyone taking part in d-camp.

Throughout the array of drills in the first few days of camp, his killer wheels -- both in terms of acceleration and smooth skating style -- were on full display. A crisp passer and effective shooter, the center's best asset is his stick-handling skills -- the highlight moment coming on Day 1 of camp when he juked Malcolm Subban out of position for a sweet backhanded goal on a breakaway drill.

It's obvious that Spooner's style is never going to be akin to a bull in a china shop, but everything he's shown in the OHL and in multiple camps with Boston indicates he should be able to overcome his size disadvantage

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