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Friday, June 24, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Isles take Ryan Strome

By Mike Mazzeo

All the Islanders' picks | NHL draft coverage

NAME: Ryan Strome
POSITION: Center
FORMER TEAM: Niagara (OHL)
AGE: 18
HEIGHT: 6-foot
WEIGHT: 183 pounds

WHAT IT MEANS: The Islanders already have John Tavares as their top-line center. So the addition of Strome gives the Isles a sold one-two punch up the middle. The Onatrio native had 106 points in 65 games for Niagara last season, and led the OHL in points per game. Here's a question: Would the Islanders decide to move either Tavares or Strome to the wing so they could play on the same forward unit?

*SCOUT'S TAKE: Strome's hockey IQ is through the roof and he sees the game at a high level, making players around him better. He is a quiet leader who has produced at the junior level and the type of player who will be better with higher quality players around him. Strome is smart about using his size to his advantage, with blocked shots and back checking speaking wisely to his character.

*Courtesy of ESPN Insider's NHL draft guru Gare Joyce.