Drafted fifth overall in 2011 by the Islanders, it didn't quite work out between Ryan Strome and the team that drafted him. He was traded to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Jordan Eberle in 2017 and later traded again to the New York Rangers in exchange for Ryan Spooner in 2018.
Strome always showed flashes of his potential, but it wasn't until he was regularly paired with Artemi Panarin that he began to establish himself as a solid middle-six option. Now back in the playoffs for the first time since the 2019-20 bubble playoffs, Strome is contributing to the Rangers' early playoff success.
The Rangers overcame the Pittsburgh Penguins in seven games in their first-round matchup. Strome tallied a goal and five assists skating between Panarin and newly acquired Andrew Copp. Strome's lone goal came on the power play in Game 2 at Madison Square Garden.
With the Penguins in the Rangers' rearview mirror, Strome and the Rangers look ahead to the Carolina Hurricanes in the second round of the playoffs.