Strome set to follow in family footsteps

Aaron Vickers2017 Draft Center, Features, OHL

Ryan Strome was called to the stage at Xcel Energy Center in Minnesota with the fifth overall pick, held by the New York Islanders, in the 2011 NHL Draft.

Not to be outdone, younger brother Dylan Strome was called to the stage at BB&T Center in Sunrise with the third overall pick, held by the Arizona Coyotes, in 2015.

Youngest brother Matthew Strome isn’t putting those expectations on himself.

He’s his own player, after all.

“I think everybody just says to be yourself,” said Matthew, 16th in Future Considerations’ preliminary listing for the 2017 NHL Draft.

Sound advice.

Matthew, who had 16 goals and 38 points in 61 games as a rookie with Hamilton of the Ontario Hockey League last season, is going his own way.

But that doesn’t mean he’s not going to lean on his brothers as he weaves his way towards the 2017 NHL Draft at United Center in Chicago.

They do have the experience, after all.

And a ranging list of advice.

“Don’t do anything too outside of yourself,” Matthew started.

“Every once and a while try to do something different.

“Don’t go out there every game and try to do more or less than what you are.

“Just try to play your game.

“My brothers, parents, agents, coaches tell me that. They told me that last year. It was a big thing for me to not overthink things or under-think things.”

He’ll lean on them.

But scouts won’t lean on any perceived notions about Matthew based on his surname.

Matthew is his own player, after all.

“You try not to compare Matt to brothers Ryan and Dylan, even though they share the same name bar on their jerseys as each plays a different style game,” Future Considerations scouting director Dan Stewart said. “Matt is more power and force than his brother are and he will be evaluated based on his own projection and progression throughout his draft year.

“It just wouldn’t be fair to compare him to what his siblings did.”

Matthew isn’t worried about matching up with his brothers.

But he wants to get to the same destination as Ryan and Dylan.

The NHL Draft.

When he does arrive, it’ll mark the end of a long journey for Matthew.

It wasn’t long ago when he saw Dylan take the same one.

And the stresses that come with it.

“Especially leading up to it,” Matthew said. “There were interviews before. There were meetings with every team. There were meetings with agents. It’s crazy. Once your name gets called it’s all worth it. I was the furthest away. It was my dad then my mom then Ryan then me.

“I still remember the emotions on his face and how he handled it. It was just unbelievable to be there.

“I can’t wait for next June.”

And add to a list of draft memories that also features stops with Ryan and Dylan.

Memories of Minnesota and Sunrise.

And soon, Chicago.