Published on October 15, 2015
Published on June 28, 2015
Charlottetown Islanders teammates Filip Chlapik, left, and Daniel Sprong watch as their phones blowup with new Twitter followers after being selected in the second round of the NHL draft.
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Published on March 24, 2015
Published on December 19, 2014
Daniel Sprong said he’s excited to be returning to junior hockey.
The Pittsburgh Penguins assigned the Amsterdam native and Montreal-area resident to the Charlottetown Islanders on Saturday morning.
“I learned a lot while I was up here and now I’m very excited to come down and help the team, see my teammates again and try to make a good run for the Memorial Cup,” Sprong told The Guardian after the news broke.
Sprong, who turns 19 on St. Patrick’s Day, scored two goals in 18 NHL games. He was a second-round pick of the Penguins, but played limited minutes against the top players in the world.
“I am very excited that I will get a chance to play again and be one of the go-to guys on the team,” Sprong said. “I have to play the right way. I cannot just think of offence. I have to play well in D zone.”
Asked if Islanders fans would see a different Daniel Sprong from the previous two seasons in Charlottetown, he didn’t hesitate.
“You’re going to see a big difference, but that’s not for me to decide,” he said. “I know I changed as a player. I know I’ve changed as a teammate.”
He said that comes from being older, more experienced and seeing what his Penguins teammates did to help him with his game.
While he has worked on his penalty-killing skills during practice in Pittsburgh, Sprong said he’s still an offensive player.
“I think I have changed in certain areas of my game and I think certain areas stay the same because that’s the player who I am.”
Sprong doesn’t foresee there being an adjustment period to playing more minutes than he saw at the NHL.
Charlottetown is 13-19-2-1 and has scored the third fewest goals (96) in the league.
Sprong is returning home today to spend Christmas with his family and will return to Charlottetown on Boxing Day.
The Islanders next home game is Dec. 30 against Moncton.
“Hopefully the fans will be rejuvenated and fill up the rink again like I saw last year,” Sprong said.
Season GP G A Pts.
2014-15 68 39 49 88
2013-14 67 30 38 68