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Dylan Strome Profile

Dylan Strome
Ht/Wt: 6' 3"/187 lbs
Position: C
Team: Erie (OHL)

Dylan Strome's Player Profile

Dan Marr - Director of NHL CS: "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."

Adam Kimelman of NHL.com (Apr.20th): "The 6-foot-3, 185-pound forward centered a line and also played on the wing with McDavid; either way he excelled and led the OHL with 129 points."

Mike Morreale of NHL.com (Apr.20th): "A big, strong skater with the agility, reach and pedigree that NHL scouts crave, he led the OHL with 84 assists and 129 points in 68 games. He split the season between centering the second line behind McDavid and playing on McDavid’s wing. He's continued his strong play in the postseason to help Erie reach the OHL conference final."

Peter Harling (Apr. 3rd): Strome finished as the leading scorer in the OHL with an impressive six point night in the final regular season game to surpass fellow 2015 draft eligible prospect Mitch Marner with a 129 point total in 68 games.

Strome is the big offensive centre every team covets at drafts and is a sure fire top ten pick; if not top five come June in Florida. Strome has excellent playmaking abilities as evident as he led the OHL in assists with 84 and makes pro level passes making sound decisions that seldom lead to turnovers. Strome can hold possession of the puck for long stretches using his puck-handling skills, reach and size effectively to protect the puck and draw in opposition that leads to open teammates. Strome has good skating skills, balance and agility are strengths but top speed is wanting for a higher gear.

While Strome has good size at 6’3” and 187 pounds he needs to play a more physical and aggressive game to be successful at the pro level. Playing against junior level opposition he tends to shy away from heavy traffic and heavy lifting in the corners. Another season in Erie as the clear cut leader of the team in McDavid’s absence and another season of physical and strength development should help.

Some may have concern that Strome produced by virtue of playing with Connor McDavid. Put those concerns to rest as Strome and McDavid played on separate lines when not on the powerplay. Strome’s regular line mates were rookie sensation Alex DeBrincat and Nick Baptiste. McDavid also missed 20 games from November 11th to January 28th due to injury and the World Juniors, during that span, Strome continued to produce scoring 12 goals and 28 assists for 40 points in 17 games.

The OHL playoffs and possibly the Memorial Cup will have a influence in the final ranking and ultimately where in the first round Strome is selected but he is a blue-chip franchise type centre a rebuilding team can build around.

Steve Kournianos of The Draft Analyst: "Strome’s elite play with the puck and the way he protects it can make attempts at slowing him down both futile and nightmarish. He’s a hard match up who can carve up any game plan with precision puck movement. Strome is a big-bodied center who destroyed the OHL this year and did so while playing second fiddle to McDavid. He’s excellent at creating plays off the rush, but he also excels when the game is tightly checked and every lane is seemingly clogged. It is in the offensive zone where he uses his size, reach and elite vision to his advantage. He’s is a precise passer and gifted playmaker who epitomizes opportunistic; make a bad decision with him on the ice, and there’s a good chance you’re going pay for it. Strome is extremely patient with the puck but knows when to hold on and wait for better options or simply let one rip. He can certainly be classified as a goal scorer; he favors an excellent wrist shot over the slapper, both fired with very good accuracy."

Dylan Strome Videos

Dylan Strome #19 | Erie Otters Highlights

Dylan Strome 2 Goals vs Ottawa (11/1/14) Highlights

Dylan Strome - Shift by Shift (with commentary)

Dylan Strome 4 Primary Assists vs Saginaw (11/8/14)

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