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New York Islanders: Top 3 Players To Show Improvement

By Matt O'Leary
Nov 12, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings goalie Jhonas Enroth (1) makes a save off a shot by New York Islanders center Brock Nelson (29) in the third period of the game at Staples Center. Kings won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 12, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings goalie Jhonas Enroth (1) makes a save off a shot by New York Islanders center Brock Nelson (29) in the third period of the game at Staples Center. Kings won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 25, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Islanders center Ryan Strome (18) during the first period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

Ryan Strome

Ryan Strome’s 2015-2016 season was nothing like his 2014-2015 one. In 2015 he had 50 points, 17 goals 33 assists. Last year his point total was nearly cut in half, 28 points, 8 goals 20 assists. His poor play got him sent down to Bridgeport early on in the year.

Strome has a lot of potential, he’s somewhat frustrating to watch as he takes bonehead penalties and at times just looks lost on the ice. Other times he’s setting up Shane Prince for beautiful goals.

Look at 1:17 in. Ryan Strome set up Prince perfectly on that one! The potential is there it’s just a matter of him figuring it out at some level of consistency. He was drafted #5 overall so it’s obvious the talent is there.

Strome is expected to move back to his natural position of center which hopefully impacts his game positively. It would most likely be the third line so some potential linemates would be Anders Lee, Shane Prince, Alan Quine, Nikolai Kulemin, etc.

I fully expect Strome to eclipse the 28 point mark, 50 might be a bit of a reach but somewhere around 40 seems like a fair number. I don’t think Strome necessarily regressed last year, he had a lot on his plate playing with Tavares and then being sent down clearly didn’t help. The consistency should be there.

Next: Brock Nelson

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