Kris Baker of SabresProspects.com has submitted his annual rankings of the top 30 draft-eligible prospects. Check back each day as we prepare for the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida on June 26-27.
|(Photo Credit: Getty Images) |#28 - DANIEL SPRONG
Right Wing, Charlottetown (QMJHL)
6’0”, 182 lbs.
Sprong has been the leading scorer in Charlottetown for two straight seasons, most recently racking up 39 goals (12th in QMJHL) and 88 points (T-13th) in 2014-15 while appearing in all 68 games for the Islanders. While many forwards in the draft class are branded as complete players, Sprong seems to have one dimension to his game: He’s all offense, all the time.
A native of the Netherlands who moved to North American at age 7, Sprong capitalizes with a robust skating game and an electrifying set of tools. He is not afraid of contact and is slick enough to shoot through seams to get clean looks at the net.
A prolific point producer, Sprong’s quick hands often lead to dazzling displays of stickhandling and allow him to elevate the puck with ease from in tight. If he can’t cut to the net, Sprong happily settles on using a defender as a screen and throws the puck towards the front of the net in an effort to make things happen.
Sprong, a disciplined player who recorded just nine minor penalties last season, will need to be receptive to coaching at the next level as he looks to improve on his defensive-zone responsibilities. As it stands, though, he’s a high-skill points machine whose special offensive knack should see him land on a second line in the NHL in the not-too-distant future.
For more on all the youngsters in the Sabres pipeline, check out Kris Baker’s website, SabresProspects.com. You can also follow him on Twitter (@SabresProspects) for in-game updates throughout the week on any Buffalo prospects that are in action.