Corey Tropp was expected to make his Anaheim Ducks debut versus Florida on Friday.
Especially being without the services of Antoine Vermette. But the time was reserved for another day as he was a healthy scratch.
To jog your memory, Anaheim acquired Tropp in February of 2016.
They sent Tim Jackman and a 2017 7th rounder to Chicago for him.
After having a 62-point campaign with USHL’s Sioux Falls Stampede, Tropp was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in 2007 in the third round.
This is when he decided to play college hockey instead of going to juniors.
He suited up for Michigan State, playing alongside Justin Abdelkader as a freshman.
Before foregoing his senior year to go to the NHL, Tropp’s team leading 42 points powered the Spartans to a second place CCHA finish in 2010.
He made his NHL debut for the Sabres during the 2011-12 season, playing in 34 games.
In a 6-5 win over Winnipeg, he scored his first goal in just his third NHL game.
A Winding Road:
Corey’s path to make the NHL has not been an easy one.
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He has struggled to make the NHL his permanent fixture. As evident by his spending time in AHL outweighing his time in the NHL.
Tropp has 148 NHL games under his belt over a span of three seasons.
Despite being the AHL for a majority of his career, he just made sure his play has been doing the talking.
With his last NHL game being in 2015, he made sure to make good impression while being with the Albany Devils and San Diego Gulls.
So good, in fact, that his 37 points leads all San Diego skaters this season. Being a large part of the reason why the Gulls are second in the division after being one of the worst teams to begin the year.
Former In For Former:
If he was good enough to be called up where does he fit? As many of you know, the Anaheim Ducks need forward depth and I think Tropp provides that.
This is why I feel like they should swap Jared Boll out of the line-up in favor of him.
Boll doesn’t do much for the team other than rack up penalty minutes. To be fair, that is all they expected out of him anyways. But it is a waste of a roster spot.
The league is also in a phase where the game evolves around skill making guys like Boll extinct.
We, of course, do not know how effective or ineffective he will be unless he gets a few games in with the team.
No guarantee his AHL numbers translate to The Show, but he will be more productive than Jared, who has been a healthy scratch for 13 games this season.