Rangers agree to terms with Ryan Gropp

The Rangers have agreed to terms with 2015 second round pick Ryan Gropp on an entry level deal. Gropp is in his age-19 season in the WHL and has a line of 18-14-32 in 32 games with the Seattle Thunderbirds. The 6’2″, 188 lb LW was the other prize in the Carl Hagelin deal, and has a rare combination of size, speed, and hands. He’s also a pure shooter, something the organization urgently needs.

Gropp wasn’t supposed to be available when the Rangers selected him at 41st overall, but it’s why they moved up in that Hagelin deal to grab him. His ELC doesn’t start until next season, when he will be 20 years old. He will be eligible for the NHL, AHL, or returned to the WHL that year.


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5 thoughts on “Rangers agree to terms with Ryan Gropp

  • Dec 31, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    it is time for the rangers to fill the cupboard for the future

  • Dec 31, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    Dave, I must confess that my knowledge of how these entry level deals work is not what it should be. How does a negotiation like this work? Does either side hold any leverage in such a negotiation? What if Gropp refused? What would his options be, if any? Is there a threshold that the Rangers can’t cross lest it affects other potential ELC signings?

  • Dec 31, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    If not offered, Gropp would re-enter the draft. If Gropp refused to sign, the Rangers would retain his rights for 2 years.

  • Dec 31, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Gropp started slow, but after his 1st couple of weeks he’s been playing well. He’s starting to use his size and going to the dirty areas on the ice. He still doesn’t really play a heavy game like Kolesar does and he’s getting service from an elite talent in Barzal, but can slot in as a 2nd line winger.

  • Dec 31, 2015 at 3:43 pm


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