Ryan Strome: What Should the New York Islanders Do with Him?

September 24th, 2012 by Christopher Benini Leave a reply »
Few possess the talent of Ryan Strome. He has shown it time after time, whether it is in the Ontario Hockey League, or the rookie scrimmage game with other New York Islanders prospects, he has shown that he has the potential to be an NHL star. However, because of an American Hockey League rule, the Islanders have to make a decision.

Strome, taken by the New York Islanders with the fifth overall pick of the 2011 NHL Amateur Draft has little left to prove in the Ontario Hockey League. Still just 19 years old, he has put up numbers that you're more likely to see in a video game than the OHL. In 111 games with the Ice Dogs, Strome has scored 66 goals and has 111 assists. That's an absolutely staggering 1.6 points per game.

I'd like to avoid calling Strome's situation, "unique." However, there is really no other way I can describe Strome's situation. Because of Strome's age, he is not allowed to play in the AHL. Players are required to be at least 20 years of age.

Is Strome ready for the NHL? Unlike most Islander fans, I don't think Strome should start in the NHL during the 2012-13 season. However, he has nothing left to prove in the OHL. He is dominatin ...

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