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 More on Strome [message #699439]
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The other winger on the list is Ryan Strome, acquired by Edmonton from the Islanders in June for Jordan Eberle. There was some contractual stuff in play as part of this swap, but the Oilers – thanks to the presence of Connor McDavid – are a legitimate contender in win-now status. The general consensus is that Strome can come in and reasonably replace Eberle’s production, and the Oilers will be no worse off for it.
Unfortunately, I’m not sure if it will shake out that way. For starters, Strome – despite being billed as an elite playmaker since his time with OHL’s Niagara IceDogs – hasn’t really produced at the NHL level. His power-play numbers amongst regular forwards in that environment are some of the lowest scoring rates the NHL has had to offer, with him getting credited for 2.5 points per-60 minutes of 5-on-4 time. (As a frame of reference, 10 NHLers beat that number at 5-on-5; 95 per cent of forwards on the power-play were better.)
So, what exactly is Strome, and how do the Oilers use him? He’s not a power-play weapon. And his scoring rates in general (despite some encouraging signs in 2014-15) haven’t played out the way you’d think for a guy seeing substantial ice time with John Tavares and Brock Nelson. For Strome and Edmonton, the bet is that a change in scenery will pay dividends. But right now, Strome looks like a low-end top-six option – a reasonably far cry from what Eberle has been for most of his career.


I think it could be a tough season for Ryan Strome. There's early signs to suggest that he's going to become the whipping boy of the coach, which in Edmonton usually leads to some portion of the fanbase very vocally writing you off shortly thereafter. And he's not going to get on the first PP unit here. The evidence offered above suggests he's not going to be a great help to the second unit either.

It's looking increasingly like he's going to be pencilled in at either third line center or third line right wing, and it doesn't look like McLellan's changed his system at all over the summer, which hasn't contributed to much winger success if they don't get to play with McDavid...




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