Brian Liesse

Fantasy Summary

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


Observations

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October 2020 – Ryan Gropp did not receive a qualifying offer from the New York Rangers upon expiration of his entry-level-contract. The former second-round draft-pick will become an unrestricted free agent. Brayden Olafson

March 2020 – The 23-year-old Rangers prospect has continued to stumble clumsily through his introduction to the pro circuit. Injuries abound, Gropp has been unable to lock down a consistent role in the AHL and has spent his first two seasons split between Hartford of the AHL and Maine of the ECHL. As a former second-round draft-pick, his current trajectory is quite disappointing. With his ELC coming to an end this July, there’s still some hope that the organization will re-up with him based on his pedigree, but it’s unlikely that he goes much further with the organization unless he takes a massive step next year. If the team chooses not to renew his contract, Gropp may have a better opportunity with a change of scenery, but at this point, no matter where he goes the NHL seems a long ways away. Brayden Olafson

February 2019 – The former second-round pick has had a severely underwhelming sophomore campaign as a professional. The term AHLer can’t even be used exclusively when referencing Gropp as the prospect has