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Road to the NHL Draft: Dylan Strome

Dylan Strome

Position: Center

Junior team: Erie (OHL)

Born: Mississauga, Ont.

Measurables: 6-foot-3, 185 pounds

2014-15 stats: 68 games, 45 goals, 84 assists, 129 points

Central Scouting rank: No. 4 (North America)

Lowdown: It’s easy to look at Strome’s team and assume his numbers are the product of playing with Connor McDavid. It’s only partially true. They centered different lines, typically coming together just for the power play. McDavid’s line would, however, draw top defenders and give Strome lesser competition.

Strome proved his worth while McDavid was away. Strome had 18 goals and 35 points in the 21 games McDavid was absent, according to TheHockeyWriters.com, proving Strome could pick up his game when needed. He also had 22 points in 20 playoff games. His brother is Ryan Strome, and the Islanders’ budding forward (50 points in his second season) says Dylan will be better.

Skating was once a question mark with Strome, but he’s improved it. His anticipation is unquestioned, with Strome thinking a step ahead of the competition. The two-way center has the size to keep defenders away from the puck.

They said it: “He has that competitive edge and grittiness. He wants to succeed, wants the puck, wants to score and wants to win. He’s a skilled, driven player, a strong skater with the agility and reach that scouts love.” – Dan Marr, director of NHL Central Scouting.

The Buffalo News is profiling 30 prospects in 30 days leading up to the NHL Draft, which will be held June 26-27.

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