The Wings took defenseman Ryan Sproul from Sault Ste. Marie of the OHL with their last of three picks in the second round.
Sproul, born in Mississauga, Ontario, shot up the NHL Central Scouting rankings. His final ranking was 54th after having a midterm rank of 124th.
Sproul is 6-3, 175 pounds and shoots right.
He had 14 goals, 19 assists and 33 penalty minutes in 61 games last season.
Here is TSN scout Grant McGagg take on Sproul off tsn.ca:
Strengths — Scored most of his 14 goals with a heavy slapshot. Game improved substantially over the second half of the season, raw offensive tools, sees the ice well and finds shooting lanes.
Weaknesses — Needs work on his quickness and lateral agility. Very raw, not overly physical. Decision making needs work, as well as his defensive game. NHL Upside – Skating will be a key to his development. If he makes the NHL he will contribute goals on the power play.
Here are some other notes from nhl.com.
• In his first Ontario Hockey League season, Sproul led all defensemen and rookies on Sault Ste. Marie in scoring with 14 goals and 33 points in 61 games. He scored 10 goals after January 1, second to only CHL Player of the year Ryan Ellis (12).
• He started the season with Vaughan in the OJHL before deciding to join Sault Ste. Marie – Sproul was cut from Junior A hockey in 2009 and forced to play an extra year of midget.
• A Toronto Junior Canadiens and Vaughan Kings minor hockey product, Sproul started skating at the age of four when his dad took him out on the ice.
• His most memorable hockey moment was scoring his first OHL hat trick “because my parents were there to see it” and if he could trade places with anyone for a day he would choose Alex Ovechkin.
NHL team: Washington Capitals
NHL player: Mike Green
Shootout move: “Leg kick, forehand, backhand”
Goal celebration: “Fist pump”
Video game: Need for Speed
Movie: Fired Up
TV show: How I Met Your Mother
Actor: Adam Sandler
Book: Sports Illustrated
Home-cooked meal: Steak
Activity away from the rink: Playing other sports