Following another run of who’s who among NHL stars, we come to Ryan Spooner at 16th overall this season (2.6). His overall totals are muted due to prolonged injury absence, but Spooner is rolling at even strength this season. He’s on a line with playmaker David Krejci and rookie Jake DeBrusk most of the time, collecting an impressive 24 points in 35 games.
He’s not doing a great job of going with pitches away from him, Carroll said. We are hoping he will start putting the ball into right field a little bit more, you know. We want him to go with the pitch. Aside from that, the curveball is still giving him a problem, like it always did you know, back in the day. So we will see what happens.
Other topics covered by Carroll, who was speaking with reporters for the first time since his season-ending news conference in early January:
All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman is on track to be ready by training camp. Sherman had surgery in November to repair his ruptured right Achilles, an injury that ended his season, and recently had a cleanup procedure on the same part of his left foot.
Dan Graziano, national NFL writer: Paul Richardson, WR, Seattle Seahawks. With Jarvis Landry franchised and the possibility of Sammy Watkins and Allen Robinson also getting tagged, you could make the case that the 25-year-old Richardson is the next-best wide receiver on the market. He was a pretty good deep threat in a Seattle offense that didn’t feature enough pass protection to really maximize a deep threat. Some teams will see potential there and pay for a player his age.
Mina Kimes, senior writer: Patrick Robinson, CB, Philadelphia Eagles. He’s no longer flying that far below the radar thanks to the Eagles’ Super Bowl run, but the 30-year-old defensive back had a surprisingly great season, allowing just 54.5 percent of passes to be caught in the slot, according to Pro Football Focus. Because of his age, he probably won’t break the bank, but I still think a few teams will vie for the veteran after his breakout year.