20-Year-Old Center – New York Islanders
Ryan Strome Contract Information:
Signed a three-year, entry-level deal with the Isles in October of 2011.
Strome is expected to make his NHL debut Thursday versus Phoenix, according to Newsday.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Strome could be the crown jewel of the Islanders organization. A top line center that defenses will have to account for, he is a playmaker that could embarrass a defender with his stickhandling at any moment. Strome has scored 63 goals to go with 111 assists over the past two seasons in the OHL, along with being voted in the top three for playmaker, stickhandler, and mental acumen in an OHL poll of Eastern Conference coaches. Islander fans are awaiting his arrival but it still may not be this season as the Isles are being very careful about their top prospect. A strong camp could force their hand but smart money has him making his debut either in the middle of the season, or next year. Strome should definitely be a target for those in keeper leagues, as he's going to a special player.
Strome was the Islanders' first- round pick (5th overall) in this year's NHL draft. He is super talented and could finally be the player that puts the Isles back in the highlight reel as there doesn't seem to be anything he can't do on the ice. Strome had 33 goals and 73 assists in the OHL last season, and is also not afraid to play a physical game as he had 82 PIMs to boot. He is unlikely to begin the season with the Isles as they don't want to rush him, but he is way too talented to stay away from the big club for long. In keeper leagues, he is a player you should be targeting at the draft.