Nike is making some big moves to their lineup of players this season, but it looks like they might be adding some surprises to their roster as well.
The NHL team announced the addition of former Detroit Red Wings forward Ryan Sproul as a special assistant to the general manager.
Sproull has worked for the team since 2009, and was promoted to assistant general manager following the 2014-15 season.
He spent the past two years helping coach the Red Wings AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Spriblo’s new role will allow him to continue to work with the club’s top prospect, forward Dylan Larkin.
Larkin, who is coming off a solid year in the AHL with Grand Rapids, is one of the top prospects in the NHL.
He was named the AHL Player of the Week for his efforts on Saturday.
Larkins first career NHL goal came in December of 2015 against the Buffalo Sabres.
The rookie forward scored his first NHL goal in his first career game, against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Sproly’s new gig will allow the 30-year-old to work alongside Larkin and other younger prospects.
It will also help the organization better prepare Larkin for the NHL season.