Sproul, 24, suffered the injury during the Red Wings’ loss to Edmonton on Saturday.
It’s a tough blow for the guy Detroit took 55th overall at the ’11 draft. Sproul’s ascension to the NHL has been slow — prior to this year, he’d appeared in just one contest with the Wings — but after years of seasoning in the AHL, the former Sault Ste. Marie standout looked like he might’ve earned a spot.
Sproul had seven points through 27 games this year, averaging just over 15 minutes per night. The Brendan Smith-to-New York trade opened up a spot on the Detroit blueline and, as just one of five defensemen under contract next year (Robbie Russo and Xavier Ouellet are pending RFAs), Sproul certainly appears to have a future in the Motor City.