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Productive Sproul shines brightly in CHL

Published Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 2:29 p.m. under 2012-13 RWC Reports
Ryan Sproul

Ryan Sproul (Credit: Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

When the puck is on his stick, there are few junior-aged defense prospects in the world with more upside than Ryan Sproul.

The just-turned 20-year-old has taken another step forward with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the Ontario Hockey League, scoring at a scintillating clip with 14 goals and 22 assists for 36 points in just 29 games.

Despite missing six weeks with a broken arm, Sproul’s 1.24 points-per-game average ranks second only to Boston Bruins rookie Dougie Hamilton (1.28) among Canadian Hockey League blueliners and he is rapidly closing in on Cody Ceci for the OHL defense scoring lead.

“He’s a dominant go-to offensive power-play guy who I think is offensively as good as anyone in major junior hockey,” said Red Wings director of player development Jiri Fischer, prior to the end of the lockout.

Sproul, who is measured at 6-foot-3 and 186 pounds, is known for his cannon of a point shot but also has tremendous vision. He is a devastating presence on the power-play point, with eight goals and eight assists while his team has the advantage.

A late cut from Canada’s world junior team, Sproul is still growing into his frame and might not realize how good he can be yet. And as he heads to the pro level next season with a three-year contract already signed, Sproul — a second-round pick in 2011 — is going to have to step it up in his own zone to earn the trust of American Hockey League coaches.

“He still has a lot of work to do in the D-zone and all-around game and how to be a little harder to play against, against the best players in the league,” Fischer said.

NOTES: Forward Riley Sheahan (Grand Rapids, AHL) told he is trying “to be a good person off the ice” after being arrested for drunken driving in October. On the ice, he has seven goals and three assists in his past 14 games as an AHL rookie … Forward Joakim Andersson (Grand Rapids, AHL) is battling with Tomas Tatar for the right to be the first forward recalled from Grand Rapids, and he had two goals and five assists in two games to win AHL player of the week honours … Goaltender Petr Mrazek (Grand Rapids, AHL) is being rewarded for his outstanding rookie season with a spot in the AHL all-star team on the Western Conference roster … Defenseman Brian Lashoff (Grand Rapids, AHL) has taken advantage of the injury-depleted blue line in Detroit. Although he has battled injuries and struggled to find his footing on the Griffins’ second and third pairings over the past few seasons, he’s earned the trust of Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock in two games since his call-up. “Actually, I thought he was better here than in the American League, maybe because the game’s more organized,” Babcock told “But he made good decisions. He’s a big man, he showed good hands, was great on the penalty kill — four-on-three penalty with him, Pav (Datsyuk) and (Henrik Zetterberg) on it, he did a heck of a job.” … Defenseman Xavier Ouellet represented Canada at the world junior championship earlier this month and had a goal, two assists, 18 shots and an even plus-minus rating in six games. Goaltender Jake Paterson served as the third-stringer and did not play. Right-winger Martin Frk played for the Czech Republic and had three goals, an assist, 18 shots and a minus-1 in six games … Forward Alan Quine was involved in an OHL trade earlier this month, dealt from Peterborough to Belleville for three second-round draft picks.

Following is this week’s statistical report.


Ferraro, Landon Grand Rapids AHL PRO 39 16 16 32 29 +4 87
Andersson, Joakim Grand Rapids AHL PRO 30 10 14 24 49 0 70
Parkes, Trevor Grand Rapids AHL PRO 25 3 4 7 26 +4 23
Lashoff, Brian Grand Rapids AHL PRO 36 2 4 6 23 +4 38
Tatar, Tomas Grand Rapids AHL PRO 39 15 18 33 44 +9 133
Almquist, Adam Grand Rapids AHL PRO 36 4 11 15 22 +5 50
Nicastro, Max Grand Rapids AHL PRO 9 1 1 2 5 +3 7
Raedeke, Brent Grand Rapids AHL PRO 22 2 4 6 28 -2 17
Sheahan, Riley Grand Rapids AHL PRO 37 12 7 19 21 +13 59
Aubry, Louis-Marc Grand Rapids AHL PRO 36 1 4 5 33 -1 49
Callahan, Mitchell Grand Rapids AHL PRO 34 5 4 9 61 +1 48
Jurco, Tomas Grand Rapids AHL PRO 37 5 5 10 12 -5 45
Fournier, Gleason Grand Rapids AHL PRO 8 1 1 2 21 -4 5
Coetzee, Willie Toledo ECHL PRO 39 16 19 35 8 -2 165
Nestrasil, Andrej Toledo ECHL PRO 31 10 21 31 20 +15 87
Fournier, Gleason Toledo ECHL PRO 10 0 0 0 8 +5 11
Jensen, Nick St. Cloud State WCHA NCAA 24 3 16 19 10 +9 35
Marshall, Ben Minnesota WCHA NCAA 24 5 6 11 8 +13 38
McKee, Mike Lincoln USHL/JR-A USHL 24 2 8 10 206 +3 37
De Haas, James Penticton USHL/JR-A BCHL 39 4 16 20 17
Frk, Martin Halifax CHL QMJHL 33 16 31 47 56 +15 96
Ouellet, Xavier Blainville-Boisbriand CHL QMJHL 32 6 22 28 32 +15 108
Hudon, Philippe Victoriaville CHL QMJHL 43 8 13 21 40 +1 91
Sproul, Ryan Sault Ste. Marie CHL OHL 29 14 22 36 31 +4
Athanasiou, Andreas Barrie CHL OHL 45 21 30 51 24 +14
Quine, Alan Belleville CHL OHL 30 11 23 34 14 -9
Tvrdon, Marek Vancouver CHL WHL 18 8 14 22 16 +2
Nedomlel, Richard Swift Current CHL WHL 48 2 17 19 77 -12
Jarnkrok, Calle Brynas EUR SEL 42 11 22 33 10 -4 111
Backman, Mattias Linkoping EUR SEL 40 1 19 20 22 +11 45
Pulkkinen, Teemu Jokerit EUR FIN 44 11 13 24 41 +1 203
Marchenko, Alexey CSKA Moscow EUR KHL 39 4 5 9 6 0 40
Bodin, Rasmus HV-71 EUR-JR SWE-J20 13 0 1 1 10 -1 11


Paterson, Jake Saginaw OHL 33 15 13 3 1 3.45 .901
McCollum, Thomas Grand Rapids AHL 17 10 6 1 1 2.69 .899
Pearce, Jordan Grand Rapids AHL 3 0 3 0 0 4.38 .847
Mrazek, Petr Grand Rapids AHL 20 13 5 1 0 2.33 .913
Mrazek, Petr Toledo ECHL 3 2 1 0 0 2.02 .944
Pearce, Jordan Toledo ECHL 20 11 7 1 0 2.56 .906
  1. Adam Banks says:

    Don’t forget Marchenko in the KHL.

  2. ScottD says:

    For all you subban lovers out there he was just resigned by the habs

  3. Lukas says:

    With all these Young Guns proving their worth, in what ways are Nyquist and Tatar expendable? Will they be dealt in an effort to shore up our depleted Blueline?

    I am most excited to see how Martin Frk rocks the AHL next Season. To me, he has all the offensive explosiveness of Jiri Hudler, but with more gusto.

  4. Adam Banks says:

    If either one of the two players you mentioned Lukas, I would have to say that Tatar would be the one to go based on size. That being said, I don’t believe either one is going anywhere because I think Red Wings management sees a lot of talent on the back end within our prospects, we just have to time it right to bring them along. With Lash showing exceptional play this season don’t be surprised to see him up next season. Finally, tonight might be the chance that Kindl has a chance to show what he’s got. From what I saw when they played him against the Wild, I thought Kindl played very well, used his size, finished checks and didn’t stand out as a weakness. I would have to assume that we are still AT LEAST 3 years away from seeing Almquist, Ouellet or Sproul in a Winged Wheel so it might just be a matter of gutting it out util those young legs get the blueline looking sharp.

    Indeed with Sheahan, Callahan and Ferraro taking big steps this season and with Jurco having a year under his belt, the addition of guys like Frk and maybe guys like Athanasiou, Jarnkrok and Pullkinen will add considerable talent to the Griffins.

  5. Joe says:

    Athanasiou still has another year of juniors, IIRC.

  6. scout says:

    you guys keep referring to Kenny drafting,but Jim Nill makes the picks. Quick Launch

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