I imagine, like Samuelsson and probably D'Agostino, and Strait & Bortuzzo before them, Ruopp will probably spend the full 3 seasons maturing and becoming a solid all-around defender in WBS. He'll be ready to take Engo's spot by that point, hopefully.
So..he'll be more of a replacement for someone else than Orpik by then. The Defense certainly looks bright in the next couple years.
To me Harrison Ruopp is our most intriguing prospect. Ray Shero has always been super high on this kid for some reason and I hope we get the chance to see why sooner than later. He said it was a tough call between drafting Ruopp or Harrington in the 2nd round a couple years ago. I believe he also called Ruopp an A-level prospect in one of his interviews around the trade deadline. Like I said, I'm very curious to see why Shero is so high on this kid.
No brainer signing, Ruopp is about our only D prospect with a mean streak. Shero said after the Michalek trade that we almost drafted Ruopp with our 2011 2nd round pick, but then Harrington fell to us at 54th overall. We didn't pick again until the middle of the 5th round, and Ruopp was taken 83rd overall by Phoenix (with our pick originally, lost to Philly for Hamhuis's rights, traded to the Coyotes for Bryzgalov).
Btw, the news release on the WHL site lists him as being 6'3 and 200 lbs now.
He definitely stands out amongst all our prospects (even forwards) in the amount of grit he brings.
I think he's a pretty good prospect, and I think his NHL ETA might be only 2 years if things go well for him. He's a better prospect (at the same age) than Strait and Bortuzzo.. but he's not quite on the level of a Dumoulin or Harrington.
He does his job well. Not sure where he maxes out on potential but he can easily be an NHL d-man in the 5-7 slot for sure if all works out. He was a good leader for PA this season from what I watched when they were in town playing the Blades. I was impressed. Hope he continues to grow in the AHL.
Good info Burgs, Jacob, Duke... thanks for giving some insight into a relatively unknown player (who many consider to be a non-factor in the Michalek trade, and wrongly so). Was still mostly a salary dump trade but we clearly got a good prospect out of the deal / one we had targeted to begin with.
Hard to gauge a prospects rank/value/ceiling/eta through analyzing one sentence spoken by the GM. Maybe wait until he actually plays some AHL games before rounding his value up to be our new top prospect?