New York Islanders Treatment Of Ryan Strome Is Unfair
New York Islanders forward Ryan Strome has sat as a healthy scratch two games in a row before playing most recently against Pittsburgh on the 30th. My feeling, like many fans, is anger and frustrated at this.
I know we would all agree that New York Islanders fifth overall draft pick in 2011 performances haven’t been up to par recently. Let’s be honest, not many players have been playing to their potential.
I’m not going to get into an argument about which player should and shouldn’t sit. Becuase the likes of Jason Chimera, Anders Lee (last two road games excluded), and Andrew Ladd are players under performing who haven’t been scratched.
What really frustrates me is that Jack Capuano clearly has an issue with Ryan Strome. This time last season Strome was sent down to the AHL, and now he’s sitting out as a healthy scratch. The Islanders management are singling him out when there are far more deserving players out there to take a seat.
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The smart thinking here says that Capuano is trying to shift the blame away from himself, and pass it along to others, like Strome.
Strome is a creative force, who for the last year has struggled to locate the talent and form everyone knows is there. This team needs to knuckle down and perform, they need the players out on the ice that will yield the best result.
With 6 points he also has as many points as any of them. What makes Strome any less productive than the likes of Andrew Ladd or Nikolai Kulemin for example?
Jack Capuano needs to stop this childish treatment of Ryan Strome and look either elsewhere on the team or himself for the reason the Isles are last in the NHL standings.
The only thing that we can hope is that this latest piece of management proves to be a masterstroke and Strome comes back firing on all cylinders. It, however, seems more likely it be Capuano’s last ditch attempt to deflect blame and keep his job.