Dylan Strome: 2015 NHL Top Prospect

Dylan Strome – 

Winnipeg Hockey Talk’s evaluations of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft top prospects continue today with our featured prospect Dylan Strome. 

Dylan Strome150League:  OHL     Team: Erie Otters 

Position:  C     Shoots:  Left

DOB:  Mar. 7, 1997     Birthplace:  Mississauga, Ontario

Height: 6’3     Weight:  190

2014-15 OHL Stats: Regular season

Games: 68   G: 45   A: 84  Pts: 129  PIM: 32   Plus/Minus: +47

2014-15 OHL Stats:  Playoffs 

Games: 19  G: 10   A: 12  Pts: 22  PIM: 12   Plus/Minus: +2

Dylan Strome played this past season in the OHL for the Erie Otters. 

Achievements:

1.  Selected in the 1st round, 2nd overall by the Erie Otters in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection Draft.

2.  Represented Canada and won a Gold Medal at the 2014-15 U18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament . 

3.  Represented the OHL in the 2014-15 Super Series versus the Russian All-Stars.

4.  Played for Team Cherry at the 2014-15 CHL Top Prospects game.

5.  Lead the OHL with 84 assists in 2014-15. 

Offensive Buzzwords

Dylan Strome has an elite level skill-set.  He has great vision and sees the ice extremely well allowing him to create scoring chances for himself as well as his teammates.  He has a very good, hard, accurate shot with a quick release and he uses it.  At 190 pounds, he still hasn’t grown into his frame but he still competes and uses his size to his advantage.  Like all elite offensive players, Strome understands the game and has a high hockey IQ  

Dylan Strome has a nice blend of size, skill, grit, work ethic and hockey sense. He is an elite level offensive talent.

Skating

Dylan Strome would be considered a good skater that is very hard to move off the puck with good balance and agility.  He doesn’t have explosive speed but he gets around the ice pretty well and can fool defenders if they’re not careful.

Dylan Strome video: 1:32 seconds  

Defensive Buzzwords

Dylan Strome’s defensive game is solid.  He works hard in all three zones and will only get better as he grows into his 6’3 frame.  (Anze Kopitar comparable) 

Comparable

Joe Thornton

Prospect Analysis 

Dylan Strome has the potential to be a #1 center at the NHL level.  He will run a teams powerplay and excel in offensive situations while not being a defensive liability.  When Dylan Strome grows into his 6’3 frame he is going to be tough to handle.  He is definitely a “Top 5” pick in this years draft.    

Projected:  #4

photo courtesy of OHL Images

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