22-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 played in his 160th career NHL game Friday versus Ottawa, reports Newsday's Arthur Staple.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
How the Islanders handle Strome during training camp is certainly something worth watching. Strome is a highlight reel waiting to happen, but itís not yet apparent where he might play. Though heís a natural center, the Islanders need a top-line wing to join John Tavares and Kyle Okposo, and Strome certainly has the talent to fill that void. The Islanders have resisted the temptation to move Strome to the wing in the past, but with the team already loaded at the center spot, it would seem a waste of the 21-year-oldís abilities to drop him to a checking line. If Strome does indeed end up occupying the left wing spot on the top line, he should also be moved up your draft rankings accordingly. A trio of Tavares, Okposo, and Strome could represent one of the best young lines in the NHL.
Strome is the Islanders top offensive prospect. He has the tools and the talent to be a top-line player. With Niagara of the OHL, he scored 34 goals and added 60 assists in 53 games. He is a player worth watching and is expected to break camp with the Islanders. Another interesting tidbit is that the Isles are toying with the idea of moving him to wing. This transition would allow the team to pair him on the top line with John Tavares and Matt Moulson, forming what could be one of the top 10 scoring lines in the NHL.
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.