The New York Islanders have selected Ryan Strome fifth overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
Strome possesses elite offensive talent who can create his own scoring chance each time the puck ends up on his stick. Not unlike Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jonathan Huberdeau, Strome possesses elite vision and very quick hands that make him a dangerous force in the opposition’s end. Strome’s acceleration is just another tool he possesses to make opposing defenders look silly. An accurate shot with a quick release compliment his offensive package.
No draft eligible prospect had more points than Strome’s 106, sharing the honour with Nugent-Hopkins.
Where Strome differs from that of Nugent-Hopkins and Huberdeau is in his approach and consistency. At times this year the 175-pounder hasn’t put forth the proper effort and is easy to discourage with physical play. If he’s able to gain some size and put forth a bigger battle, Strome can develop into a top-line centre.
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