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Tavares’ guidance paying off for top prospect Strome

Nov 16, 2013, 12:42 PM EDT

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Ryan Strome hasn’t made his NHL debut yet, but at this rate he won’t have to wait much longer. The 20-year-old forward has been dominating with the New York Islanders’ AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, and is earning high praise from his coach Scott Pellerin.

Of course it helps when a star forward like John Tavares takes you under his wing.

“To be able to have that type of role model and someone to be there every day to talk to, to be your friend but also to learn from, is huge,” Strome told

“You can never learn too much from a guy like that, someone that’s so decorated at such a young age and who’s still growing. That’s somebody I aspire to be and it’s great to be around that.”

Tavares has done more than give Strome pointers though. Strome was able to join him for the summer so that they could prepare for the 2013-14 campaign together. That allowed Strome to see first hand what kind of off-ice preparation are necessary to compete in the NHL.

Strome was taken with the fifth overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and the Islanders have been taking a slow and steady approach with his development. He has four goals and 16 points in 13 contests as an AHL rookie.

  1. cobra9205 - Nov 16, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Holland is not as good as people think. The Ducks had an opening for a 2C for a couple years and he was never able to step up.

    • thehabsnation - Nov 16, 2013 at 1:01 PM

      They have Rickard Rakell, who they think will probably jump in that position soon enough.

  2. csilojohnson - Nov 16, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    wrong article?

  3. wmsshapiro - Nov 16, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    The Islanders know how to draft. Now it’s time to put together the run to the “STANLEY CUP” . Yes, they will be in the hunt. Don’t give up on this team. We are getting closer I can feel it. Shoot that puck and score that goal and make that great save. Go Isles Go.

    • shaundre93 - Nov 16, 2013 at 4:13 PM

      If we’ve learned anything from recent cup contenders(maybe with the exception of handzus for Chi)
      strength down the middle is paramount maybe even to goaltending.

      I’d say Tavares, Strome and Nielsen could become one of the best center trios in the game. I think all they’re missing is a top shutdown dman and a better goalie

      • 19inarow - Nov 16, 2013 at 5:42 PM

        You’re so right about the shutdown dman and better goalie. Griffin Reinhart will hopefully develop into the dman, but the goalie situation is a big concern.

        As far as centers, Brock Nelson has to be included. Either he or Strome will likely play wing with Tavares. Nielsen has been a very good two-way 2nd line center. Cizikas is the perfect fourth liner — he is a spark plug and super-dogged on the puck and puck carriers.

        Andrey Pedan is also a very good candidate for a shut-down dman who can put up points. He’s reminiscent of Darius Kasparaitis and I’m really looking forward to seeing him on the Isles.

        Now if Kevin Poulin could really step up….

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