Hartford Wolf Pack suspend Ryan Gropp for failure to report to ECHL

Former 2nd round pick did not report to Maine after being demoted this week

The Hartford Wolf Pack has suspended forward Ryan Gropp for failure to report to the Maine Mariners following his reassignment to the ECHL. The former second round pick has struggled mightily since the Rangers signed him to a three year ELC for the 2017-2018 season.

A suspension could mean multiple things, but it appears that this is a case of Gropp being upset about his demotion. There is still an outlier chance that this is a paperwork move as Gropp re-evaluates his career, much like the Jets did with Dustin Byfuglien.

Suffice it to say, I think we can unfortunately call Gropp a bust.

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  • There’s something there in Gropp, but it never matured enough to make a difference in the way he played at the professional level (even the AHL level). Shame really because there were indications during his years in junior that he wasn’t being carried by Barzal … in any event, now would be a pretty good time to label him a bust and the whole Hagelin trade a bust and a half — I mean 23 years old and he can’t even stabilize his position in the AHL isn’t a good sign.

  • This is a pity. I dunno what happened there. This is the 2nd time he gets sent to Maine in a year. He came back last year and finished with the Pack but I just don’t get it. The kid had so much promise. I wouldn’t call it an all out bust, though – Hags played Ok with the Ducks, but not nearly as well as the catalyst he was for us. This would be a good time for a change of scenery else where – he lit it up with the T-birds out west. and that’s home for him. Wonder what players (Kravs) are thinking about this, too.

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