With the exception of a two-month period where he was thrust into the role of first-line center due to an injury to Erie Otters’ star forward Connor McDavid, Dylan Strome played in the shadow of McDavid over the course of the 2014-15 season. But Strome will be stepping out of that shadow in the not too distant future after having been chosen third overall in the 2015 NHL Draft by the Arizona Coyotes.
Strome wasn’t exactly a low-profile individual this past season as he went on to win the OHL scoring title with a six-point game on the final day of the regular season, allowing him to finish ahead of fellow first round pick Mitch Marner (TOR) of the London Knights.
Arizona has stockpiled several CHL stars over the past few seasons, with Max Domi, Christian Dvorak, Anthony Duclair and Brendan Perlini the most notable. Dylan Strome brings an even greater level of offensive potential with him.
Strome joins his brother Ryan Strome as a top NHL Draft pick, with Ryan having been chosen fifth overall by the New York Islanders back in 2011. And there is another Strome on the way, with younger brother Matthew having scored the OHL Cup-winning goal and looking like a potential top prospect for the 2017 NHL Draft.
Asked about his older brother, the younger Strome admitted “whenever I need anything, he’s always there for me … I hope I get to play against him some day.”
With regard to joining the talented players drafted in previous years, Strome said “it’s a little early” to say what the future holds, but his excitement for the day when the Coyotes’ young guns compete together was obvious.
Strome may not have the pizazz that McDavid and Eichel bring to the ice, but he nevertheless produced his share of memorable plays this past season, a few of them being featured in this highlight video.