Ryan Sproul Recalled from Hartford
In a surprise turn of events, the Rangers have recalled Ryan Sproul from the Hartford Wolfpack.
In addition, Rangers defenseman Steven Kampfer will be sidelined for four-to-six weeks after suffering a fractured hand. pic.twitter.com/dWIYBKuO4R
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) February 12, 2018
Sproul was called up because Steven Kampfer will be out 4-6 weeks with a fractured hand. While the injuries to the Rangers are not ideal, it does give the Rangers organization a chance to take a hard look at their prospects. And hey, currently the Rangers are 2-0 during the youth movement. Maybe, just maybe, they will surprise us all and make a playoff push.
Sproul has enjoyed a solid season in Hartford where he has put up 18 points (9G, 9A) in 36 games for a playoff contending Wolfpack. In addition, Sproul played 5 games for the Grand Rapids Griffins, the AHL affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings, where he put up 4 points (1G, 3A).
Kampfer, while not the most flashy or talented defenseman on the Rangers roster, was enjoying regular ice time after all of the injuries to the Rangers defensemen. In 22 games for the Rangers, Kampfer put up 1 point (0G, 1A) while bouncing around the Rangers defensive lineup.
It will be quite interesting to see how the Rangers deploy all of the call ups. Currently, the Rangers defense consists of Brady Skjei, Nick Holden, Anthony Deangelo, Neal Pionk, John Gilmour, and now Ryan Sproul. Based on previous usage, and statistics, Nick Holden will likely slot next to Brady Skjei on the top pair. However, if the Rangers want to balance lefties and righties the pairs could look like this: Brady Skjei and Anthony Deangelo, Holden and Pionk, and finally Gilmour and Sproul. Whatever way the Rangers go, it will be nice to see the youth play big minutes.