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Road to the NHL Draft: LW Matthew Strome

Matthew Strome

Position: Left wing

Junior team: Hamilton (OHL)

2016-17 stats: 66 games, 34 goals, 28 assists, 62 points

Size: 6-foot-4, 206 pounds

Born: Mississauga, Ont.

Central Scouting rank: No. 33 (North America)

What to know: The last name jumps off the page for hockey fans. The Strome family is well-regarded after Ryan Strome went fifth to the Islanders in the 2011 NHL Draft and Dylan Strome went third overall to Arizona in 2015. Matthew Strome won’t go that high, but he will join his brothers in the draft books.

The Hamilton forward is bigger and bulkier than his siblings, which carries weight in the hockey world. He likes to use his size in puck battles and in front of the net. His scoring touch was evident immediately, as he put up 16 goals during his first junior season and more than doubled the output this year.

While Strome sees the game like his highly skilled brothers, a lack of speed doesn’t allow him to play the same way. He will need to improve his footwork.

He said it: “Being the youngest brother, they're always going to compare me to them. I take that as an advantage. That means they're looking at me. I just have to show them what I can do myself, and what's different and the same about me.” – Matthew Strome to NHL.com.

The Buffalo News is profiling 30 prospects in 30 days leading up to the NHL Draft, which will be held June 23-24 in Chicago.

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