After being drafted fifth overall in 2011 by the New York Islanders, Ryan Strome has had big shoes to fill. After a solid first full year in the league in 2014-2015 Strome had a down year in 2015-2016. On his 23rd birthday we take a look at his young NHL career so far.
A 50 point season at 21 years old is definitely something to be proud of. Ryan Strome made his play making skills present in his first full year in the league. Even in the 7 game playoff series against the Capitals he made his presence felt.
He had 4 points, 2 goals and 2 assists in the series. Expectations were high for him in the 2015-16 campaign. Although a slow start would make the Islanders send Strome down to Bridgeport. After a great first full season Strome hit a sophomore slump.
Strome’s goal and point total was cut in half. From 17 goals and 50 points to 8 goals and a measly 28 points on the season. A very disappointing year for Strome.
Fans were extremely hard on Strome throughout the year. That’s always understandable when a player is struggling. Although to go as far as to call Strome a draft bust or Josh Bailey 2.0 would be taking it too far.
I will be the first to admit that I was dead wrong on Strome last year. I though he would be able to play on the top line with Tavares and be a play maker. I thought for sure he would once again eclipse the 50 point mark on the season.
Maybe he hasn’t been what we’ve expected so far, but there are still aspects of his game that shows potential. In game 1 of the Tampa Bay series he set up Prince rather nicely on his 2 goals, in the Islanders lone win of the series.
Here are some other career highlights from Strome so far:
Ryan Strome taking on Torey Krug stand out for sure. Strome is smaller in size so he’s certainly not someone you would expect to drop the gloves.
This late in the 3rd period goal against the Capitals sticks out too. The Islanders pulled their goalie and Strome found the back of the net on a sweet shot.
Who could forget this sick goal from the 2011 mini camps.
I’m not ready to give up on the kid, I think last year was just a down year for him. Capuano said he wants Strome to play his natural position of center so maybe that helps him out. So happy birthday Ryan Strome and here’s to hoping for a bounce back season.