Ryan Gropp

by Geoff on February 15, 2017

 Ryan Gropp - Photo courtesy of TSN.ca

 

Ryan Gropp, LW

Shoots: L

Height: 6-2

Weight: 190

Born: 1996-09-16

Hometown: Kamloops, BC, CAN

Drafted: 2nd round, 2015, NY Rangers, 41st overall

 

 

 

Observations:

February 2017 -- Gropp is having a strong offensive season in 2016/17, leading the Seattle Thunderbirds in scoring (23G, 35A, 50GP) as they contend for the top spot in the WHL's Western Conference.  The big-bodied winger has been red hot since January 1st posting 34 points in 19 games including an impressive seven-game goal streak and overall thirteen-game point streak.  Seattle is well positioned to repeat a deep playoff run and Gropp's leadership will play a key role down the stretch.  Geoff Kent

October 2016 – In a surprise twist, Ryan Gropp was sent back by the New York Rangers to the Seattle Thunderbirds as an overager this year. Gropp finished last year with 34 goals and 36 assists for 70 points in 66 games and was seemingly poised to crack the Hartford Wolf Pack’s lineup. Gropp doesn’t have much left to learn at the junior level so he should be ready for the AHL this time next year. Dylan Finan

January 2016  – Gropp is at a point-per-game pace right now for the Seattle Thunderbirds of the WHL. That's 21 goals and 20 assists in the 41 appearances he has made for Seattle. He should coast by his point total of 58 from last year and hopefully make a run in the playoffs with the Thunderbirds. Bryan Puffer

June 2015 - Rangers take Gropp 41st. A long-term project, but potential second-line goal scorer. Best to wait a couple of years to see what you have before drafting. Dobber

June 2015 – Gropp is a dangerous offensive player with a bullet of a shot. He is a natural goal scorer and isn’t afraid to unleash his shot from anywhere on the ice. As a shoot first player Gropp has a tendency to have tunnel vision with the puck and his overall point potential is a bit limited by average hockey sense. Gropp is also effective at using his frame and strength to bully his way into high scoring areas. With added foot speed Gropp could have a Jeff Carter like impact at the NHL level. He’s not the safest pick in the draft but the potential is there. Donesh Mazloum

 

Fantasy Outlook: C+

Goal-scoring potential but he needs to round out his game to stick in the big leagues.      

           

Footage:

Gropp with a quick backhand goal:

 

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