The Niagara IceDogs have a message for the New York Islanders.
If the National Hockey League club doesn’t have any plans to play 2011 NHL Entry Draft pick Ryan Strome, they know an Ontario Hockey League team that would love his services. Strome, who made New York out of training camp, has yet to make his NHL debut.
The Islanders are keeping Strome as an insurance policy. Bitten by the injury bug in this young 2011-12 season, the club currently has three forwards on injury reserve. A healthy roster, though, could be the end of Strome’s participation in the National Hockey League this season.
“I have a feeling if these (injured) guys are ready, they’ll send him back,” head coach Marty Williamson told QMI Agency. “I had a talk with Garth Snow and he said it’s day to day. In the big picture, the plan is for him to come back. But if things go sideways, then who knows.”
The struggling IceDogs are hoping a return by their leading scorer from last season can give Niagara a boost.
Strome, who factored in on nearly 40 per cent of Niagara’s offense last season, had 33 goals and 106 points a year ago.