Call Up Sproul to the NHL
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01-28-2013, 10:33 PM
Join Date: Jul 2005
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Now, before you all blow a gasket and tell me how ridiculous this proposal is, think about it. Take a look at our team and what their weaknesses are.
I realize Sproul's defensive game is far from NHL ready
, but given his toolset I think, outside of trading for a top defenseman, he can provide the biggest positive impact to the team (the powerplay in particular). As long as his defensive inefficiencies can be hidden to some degree on the third unit and he can be utilized as a powerplay specialist.
He's big, right-handed, and has an absolute rocket of a shot (easily NHL caliber). He also loves to shoot the puck and, while it's a junior league, is absolutely dominant on the powerplay.
Then there is the immediate impact Hamilton is providing for Boston (who has very similar numbers, is a similar age, etc.). Even though Hamilton is a far higher pick, and has a more rounded game, I think Sproul is the kind of player who can handle being called up the NHL at a young age. Just my opinion.
In the end I highly doubt it will happen as it clearly isn't the Wing's style. But I think it would be a big success if they were to give him a shot.
Of course, there may be other reasons that I'm overlooking as to why this will not happen (contract status, contract cost implications, RFA status, etcetera). Just a thought I had, curious what you guys think...
I think you countered your own point pretty well in that bolded piece.
If they were just looking for some big righthanded power play guy that can't play defense, they could have signed Kurtis Foster.
The whole power play is broken. It's been broken for years. There's nothing that a guy like Sproul is going to be able to do that will save it. They need to fix the entire scheme - they realized this and brought in Renney to do just that.
Either Renney is completely incompetent, or the new system hasn't had time to sink in yet, or the players are not responding in any way to coaching. They tell the papers all the things they need to do to fix it, and then they go out in the games and don't do any of those things.
Sproul is not the answer right now, and the holes in his defensive game would only make things worse in the 5 on 5 game.
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