Sproul heads list of top drafted OHL defensemen (incl. Ryan Murphy)
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03-27-2013, 03:56 PM
Faidh ar Rud Eigin
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Actions speak louder than words and they had no intentions of keeping him over other guys. It is the reason he wasn't there to begin with and just an emergency call up this year.
But this angle is funny. So you give no weight to the coaches and management poll in the OHL that just put Sproul in front of Murphy in a landslide in several categories. The league they actually played in? You're defeating your own argument with that line.
Actions speak louder than words? What part of they couldn't keep him do you not understand? It wasn't their choice, he had to be sent down. A guy like Morgan Rielly didn't make the NHL either, he probably would have if the season started on time. I would wager Murphy would have too, given the comments by Carolina.
Coaches who only see a player twice vote on this poll. No coach will have seen a player that year more than six times. The best skating players in the OHL were not named top skater, because they aren't producing. If the point totals were reversed, without a doubt Murphy would have won it. Brock, who watches the OHL more than just about everyone, picked Murphy as his best skater. The polls are not indicitive of how is the better prospect/or player, nor do they make the claim to be.
Kris Russell won a slew of awards in the 2006-07 CHL season, including CHL defensemen of the year. There were plenty great (And much) better defensemen who played that season and had impressive campaigns, Michael Del Zotto, Drew Doughty, Karl Alzner, Jonathan Blum, etc. Does that mean Russell should have been a better defensemen than all of them? No, it doesn't. Sproul has defensive issues a top defensive prospect at the age of 20 should not have. If he was an Islanders or Columbus prospect, I can't imagine he'd have close to this amount of hype.
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