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Ryan Gropp says that he thinks he will start his professional career in Hartford, "for sure," and feel things out. (CFJC)

He noted that moving to the AHL is a big step up from the WHL and that he wants to make sure he can be a regular in the AHL with the Wolf Pack and make an "impact." (CFJC)

Gropp pointed to the strength of the players he will be playing against in the AHL as well as the difference in speed between the levels. (CFJC)

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Gordie Clark says that Ryan Gropp brings speed, offense and passing and scoring abilities. (MSG)

Clark said that Gropp has "top end speed" and they think he is as good as anyone taken in the second half of the first round that year. (MSG)

On his own game, Gropp said "I am a fast winger who likes to shoot the puck. I like to watch James Neal and I think he is a good comparison for me. I try to model my game after him." (MSG)

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Ryan Gropp said that he is ready to make the jump into pro hockey and said that he "grew" as a player this past season and became more responsible. (NYR)

In the WHL for Seattle this past season, Gropp had 34 goals and 36 assists in 66 games and 6 goals and 3 assists in 11 playoff games.

He said that he wants to make an impact if he plays pro hockey and that he plans to spend the summer training and preparing to be "as ready as possible." (NYR)

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Ryan Gropp and his Seattle Thunderbirds star the WHL Final tonight against Brandon to determine who will win the league and represent the WHL in the Memorial Cup.

He had 34 goals and 36 assists in 66 games for Seattle this season and 3 goals and 2 assists in 6 playoff games. He missed time earlier in the playoffs with an injury.

Gropp's coach, and former NHLer, Steve Konowalchuk says that Gropp (Seattle Times):

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When the Rangers traded Emerson Etem, Jeff Gorton said that the big part of the Carl Hagelin trade was acquiring the pick to select Ryan Gropp. (Ranger Rants)

Gorton said that the Rangers had a first round grade for Gropp and that he was a "guy we wanted." (Ranger Rants)

He went on to say that while the Rangers initially expected to get more from Etem, Gropp was the key to that trade. (Ranger Rants)

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From the Rangers:

NEW YORK, December 31, 2015 - New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with forward Ryan Gropp on an entry-level contract.

Gropp, 19, has skated in 32 games with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League (WHL) this season, registering 18 goals and 14 assists for 32 points, along with a plus-five rating and 24 penalty minutes. Gropp leads the Thunderbirds in goals, ranks fourth on the team in points, and ranks fifth on the team in assists in 2015-16. Gropp has recorded a point in eight of the last 12 games, tallying 12 points (five goals, seven assists) over the span. He has also recorded a point in 14 of the last 21 games, including a goal in ten of those contests, tallying 23 points (13 goals, ten assists) during the stretch. In addition, Gropp was a member of Team WHL in the 2015 CHL Canada Russia Series, and he recorded one assist in two games during the tournament.

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9/17/15 | 12:19PM: Following the tournament, Ken Gernander said (MSG):

  • Tambellini's shot impressed him
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    The Rangers "swung for the fences" with Ryan Gropp who has the "size/skill package" to be a difference maker on offense but the "mindset" of a smaller player. He needs to use his size better but has"good speed and a hard shot off the wing." (McKeens)

    Gropp has a "lethal shooting arsenal" and if he adds some more "snarl" he could develop into a "more feared offensive threat." (Dobber Hockey)

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    Gordie Clark said that Rangers second round pick Ryan Gropp's "speed and skill are right up there with the top 10 kids in the draft."? (MSG)

    Clark said that Gropp knows he might have been "a little in and out" this past season but he has the "size, speed and skill that we have been pushing with the Rangers." (MSG)

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    7/2/15 | 2:40PM:?Clark said about the draft,? "the way it shook out, you don't know how it goes until the players start to go in the first round and you see what is left in the second and it's sort of like Duclair, Tambellini, Buchnevich in how it worked out. There was a lot of speed and skill we had rated high and that was probably what we got out of it with Gropp, Kovac and Berhnhardt. Speed and skill in the forwards Zborovsky isn't here, he is a 6-4 defender who is up in Canada and wasn't allowed into the US. He has a lot of upside as a big 6-4 defensive defenseman who came over from Russia and had a great season playing for a good friend of mine, John Paddock who has a lot of NHL experience and he came a long way with this guy and I think there is a lot more there."

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    With the 41st pick, acquired for Carl Hagelin, the Rangers selected Ryan Gropp from Seattle in the WHL.

    Gropp, 6-3 and 192lbs, is a LW, shoots left and was ranked 55th by The Hockey News and 50th by ISS.

    He had 30 goals and 28 assists in 67 games last season for Seattle.

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