NHL Draft profile: Ryan Strome
June, 12, 2011
By Mark Stepneski | ESPNDallas.com
The latest in a series of profiles on top prospects for the 2011 NHL Draft looks at center Ryan Strome from Niagara of the Ontario Hockey League.
Background on 2011 draft prospect Ryan Strome. Note: Rankings are final.
|Born: July 11, 1993/Mississauga, Ontario
Height/Weight: 6-0/175 pounds
2010-11 Team: Niagara (OHL)
|NHL Central Scouting||8th (North American skaters)|
|Red Line Report||7th overall|
|International Scouting Services||9th overall|
|The Hockey News||6th overall|
|Ranked third in the OHL in scoring with 106 points (33 goals, 73 assists) in 65 games with Niagara. Registered 12 points (6 goals, 6 assists) in 14 OHL playoff games. Was voted Most Improved Player and the Best Playmaker in a poll of OHL Eastern Conference coaches.|
|Had 14 points (5 goals, 9 assists in 34 games for Barrie (OHL) in 2009-10. Traded to Niagara in January 20 and registered 10 points (3 goals, 7 assists) in 27 regular season games with the IceDogs, and 3 assists in 5 playoff games.|
|ESPN.com scouting report|
|Positives: Hockey sense. Playmaking and vision. Skating.
Negatives: Physical play. Plays through contact but doesn't initiate it.
ESPN.com Ryan Strome Profile
|"He skates very well and has very good speed. He's a creative playmaker who sees the ice very well. He goes to the net and battles in front. He is able to get to rebounds and loose pucks in front. He has good hands and has scored some goals off tip-ins in front." - Chris Edwards, NHL Central Scouting
"[A] very smart and skilled center who is effective in all three zones of the ice. He plays in those traffic areas and he wins battles and then he makes great passes. He's got great vision." - International Scouting Services 2011 Draft Guide
"He's the best pure stickhandler in the draft and a human highlight reel at times, capable of taking the puck end-to-end at any moment and making even good defenders look foolish. He's also be a gamebreaker who can be virtually invisible for 58 minutes, and then win the game in the last two minutes." - Red Line Report's Kyle Woodlief, writing for USA Today
Mark Stepneski joined ESPNDallas.com in July 2010. A former news/special projects producer for KXAS-TV, he has run the Andrew's Dallas Stars Page website since 1997.
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