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#2 Ryan Sproul
Pos: Defense
D.O.B.: 1/13/93
From: Mississauga, Ontario
Height: 6'4
Weight: 185
Shoots: Right
Drafted: 2nd pick 55th overall 2011 draft by Detroit Red Wings
Acquired: Signed ATO with Grand Rapids 3/27/12
Plus: Heavy, Accurate shot... Good Offensive Instincts... Great Skater...
Minus: Needs to work on lateral agility and quickness... Does not play up to his size... A project player, very raw... Needs to show more grit..
Organizational Comments: "He's got good size - 6-4 - kind of a late bloomer. In the first half last year, he didn't do a lot, but in the second half he had 14 goals, the second most by a defenseman last year. He came on late. We like his combination of size and offensive ability." Jim Nill - Wings Assistant General Manager
What GRC says: Fall 2012: A lock to find a spot on the crowded Griffins blueline this year, Sproul should see some time on the powerplay and provide offense from the backend. The reigning CHL defenseman of the year, Ryan is a top flight offensive defenseman with size and great wheels to go along with a heavy accurate shot. He will need to up his compete level and keep working on his defensive game to keep moving up the development chart.
Spring 2012: Sproul was a late bloomer, but continues to get better every game. He has a cannon of a shot and NHL upside with his size and skill. He has some work to do on the defensive side of the game, but should get a taste of AHL action, to know what to work on.
Role: Offensive Defenseman
Projection: NHL top four defenseman


3/26/12 Signed 3-yr Contract with Detroit (NHL)
3/27/12 Signed ATO with Grand Rapids (AHL)