10/23/17 | The Red Wings moved Sproul so that they could open up ice time for other prospects in the AHL. (Custance)
10/21/17 | The Rangers have acquired Ryan Sproul in exchange for Matt Puempel.
Sproul, 24, has 28 games of NHL experience and is 6-4, 205.
He was a second round pick for Detroit in in 2011.
Sproul is a right hand shot and has 28 games of NHL experience, including 27 games last season, with 1 goal and 6 assists.
He has a cap hit of $625,000 and an actual salary of $650,000 this season before he can become an RFA.
He had 153 points in 172 OHL games and has 95 points in 220 AHL games.
Sproul reportedly had an opportunity to take a spot with Detroit after Brendan Smith was traded last season but suffered a knee injury. (MLive)
He was reportedly set to be the Red Wings 8th defensemen heading into the season and is "he's big, mobile, has a booming right-handed shot, can quarterback the power play and has good offensive potential." (MLive)
Sproul reportedly struggles with the defensive part of the game with Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill saying that Sproul needs to be more "assertive." (MLive)
I'd like to thank the @NYRangers organization for everything. Really enjoyed my time here.- Matt Puempel (@mpuempel) October 21, 2017
Adam Rotter: I liked Puempel when he was picked up last year and was hoping he would get a spot to start the season. He had offensive ability but it never materialized on a consistent basis. A mediocre training camp had him in Hartford and seemingly down on the Rangers depth chart in terms of a potential call up.
You pick up a player like Puempel on waivers and hope that a change of scenery can bring something out in his game. The same can be said for acquiring a guy like Sproul, who seems like a bigger version of Anthony DeAngelo. Maybe Sproul develops in Hartford and can be part of the Rangers down the line. It's a worthwhile chance for the Rangers take in exchange for a guy in Puempel who had likely hit the end of his time with the Rangers.