20 Prospects in 20 Days: Dylan Strome

(Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

(Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

With only 14 days left until the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft in Florida, we will be breaking down a prospect each day up until June 26th. Today, we will take a closer look at forward Dylan Strome.

(www.Ottershockey.com)

Center Dylan Strome, Erie Otters (OHL), 18 years old

Height: 6’3” Weight: 185 pounds, Shoots: Left

RANKED:

NHL Central Scouting: 4th among North American Skaters

TSN: 5th among all players

2014-15 Stats: 68 games played, 45 goals, 84 assists, 32 penalty minutes

Dylan Strome wrapped up the 2014-15 OHL regular season with some serious fanfare, managing six points on the final day of the regular season and finishing with 129 points—which was good for the OHL and CHL scoring titles. Strome continued to pour it on in the playoffs, with 10 goals and 12 assists through 19 games. His 129 points and 84 assists broke two team records set in 2013-14 by Toronto Maple Leafs draft pick Connor Brown.

The younger brother of New York Islander forward Ryan Strome, Dylan has many of the same qualities as his older brother, namely the playmaking ability and vision for the puck. However, he is already three inches bigger than his brother and possesses the type of innate hockey sense that should allow him to one day develop into the type of number one center who can play in all situations.

Strome is not the type of player who will pull viewers out of their seats with slick individual moves, but he is a great puck handler who plays with dogged determination on every shift, and will do anything he can to help his team win. His skating could stand to be upgraded. Although strong on his skates, Strome is not the most explosive player and will not be able to plow through opposing players in the pros the way he has in juniors unless he improves his lower body strength.

Unlike most teenage forwards playing in juniors, Strome plays a very sound defensive game. He is also extremely versatile in that he is not only able to play several forward positions, but several styles of game. He can play the type of heavy, two-way game that is often associated with centers like Anze Kopitar or Jordan Staal, but can just as capably play a more skill oriented game.

Strome has the hands, size, and hockey IQ to develop into an all situation NHL center. Slated to go somewhere between third and sixth overall, he is the type of low-risk, high-reward center that is crucial to a successful rebuild. Various mock drafts have him going to Arizona or Toronto, and both teams would greatly would benefit from the presence of a big, young, skilled center in their lineup.

Previously Seen in “20 Prospects in 20 Days”:

Mitch Marner
Mathew Barzal
Thomas Chabot
Evgeny Svechnikov
Mikko Rantanen
Ilya Samsonov