The Rangers have recalled defenseman Ryan Sproul from the Hartford Wolf Pack. Sproul, acquired this season in exchange for Matt Puempel, has a line of 10-12-22 in 41 games with Hartford and Grand Rapids. The 25 year old defenseman will replace Steven Kampfer, who is out 4-6 weeks with a broken hand.
Sproul, a former second round pick from Detroit, is likely a temporary fill in until Kampfer, Marc Staal, or Ryan McDonagh can return. Since Staal is, at least in my opinion, likely out for the year –I have no evidence to support this other than Staal’s concussion history and the nature of his injury– I’d expect Sproul to be here until McDonagh returns.
For those counting, the blue line now has four guys who played significant time in the AHL this year. Also worth noting that, once again, Ryan Graves was passed over. If he were NHL ready, or deserving of a chance to show he might be, he would’ve been recalled by now.