The American Hockey League might be a distant memory for New York Islanders rookie Ryan Strome, but his success through the first half of his first professional season has earned him the distinction of “all-star.”
Despite playing in the NHL for the past month, Strome was named to the AHL All-Star Team earlier today. The Islanders 5th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft played in 23 games for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers this season before receiving his first call to the NHL, recording 33 points (9 goals and 24 assists) and earning “AHL Player of the Week” honors two weeks in a row during his first “full” stint with the Islanders minor-league affiliate.
Although he has been held out of AHL-action since the beginning of December, Strome remains 5th in the AHL scoring race, and 1st amongst Sound Tigers. Mike Halmo (24 points) has the next highest point-total for Bridgeport.
Along with Strome, the rest of the AHL All-Star team is as follows:
Brett Connolly, Syracuse Crunch (Tampa Bay)
Brian Gibbons, W-B/Scranton Penguins (Pittsburgh)
Mike Hoffman, Binghamton Senators (Ottawa)
Jason Jaffray, St. John’s IceCaps (Winnipeg)
Travis Morin, Texas Stars (Dallas)
Brandon Pirri, Rockford IceHogs (Chicago)
Colton Sceviour, Texas Stars (Dallas)
Colton Sissons, Milwaukee Admirals (Nashville)
Ryan Spooner, Providence Bruins (Boston)
Ben Street, Abbotsford Heat (Calgary)
Linden Vey, Manchester Monarchs (Los Angeles)
Chad Billins, Abbotsford Heat (Calgary)
T.J. Brennan, Toronto Marlies (Toronto)
Cody Goloubef, Springfield Falcons (Columbus)
Alexey Marchenko, Grand Rapids Griffins (Detroit)
Brayden McNabb, Rochester Americans (Buffalo)
Frederic St. Denis, Springfield Falcons (Columbus)
The AHL All-Star Team is set to face off against Färjestad BK, one of the top professional teams in the Swedish Hockey League, on February 12. The game will be played during the Olympic break, so Strome could be available for this game.