Ryan Sproul

Aaron Vickers

One of the top draft risers this year, Sproul first gained attention when he started putting up points in early December and continued to produce at an outstanding rate for the remainder of the year. He put up 33 points in his final 44 games. He skates well with a long fluid stride, good agility and solid overall mobility although he currently lacks leg power but that will come and improve his skating even more with added strength. Has a good hard shot that is his biggest offensive weapon. Has some vision and can make some passing plays with the puck. Needs much work on his defensive responsibilities as he is very raw in his own zone. Uses a long reach and his immense size currently to defend but lacks the positioning and understanding of defensive reads which he will need to be taught further. (May 2011)