High-scoring Ryan Strome getting promoted to Islanders
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Ryan Strome received his second consecutive AHL Player of the Week award Monday. There won't be a third.
Strome is due to join the Islanders in San Jose on Tuesday once Pierre-Marc Bouchard either has cleared waivers or has been claimed. The Islanders will know by noon EST on Tuesday, which is when they will announce the Strome call-up from Bridgeport.
Even before the announcement, it was a given that Strome would be promoted. The No. 5 overall pick in 2011, he leads the AHL with 33 points for the Sound Tigers. He had 17 points in his last eight games to garner those two consecutive Player of the Week awards.
Strome has been playing center for Bridgeport, which means if he goes right into the lineup Tuesday night or makes his NHL debut on Thursday in Phoenix, he might take Peter Regin's spot in the lineup.
Nelson has to be versatile
Brock Nelson got a rare start as a center on Saturday in Los Angeles but was back at left wing Monday night, starting on a line with Frans Nielsen and Josh Bailey. The 22-year-old has played only two full games at center out of the 20 he's dressed for this season.
As one might expect, faceoffs have been a struggle with so little experience taking them in competitive situations. Nelson is 11-for-31 on draws this season.
"I understand both positions now," Nelson said. "It's just a matter of when you're called upon, you do whatever job you're asked to do."
Nabokov inching closer
Evgeni Nabokov most likely won't be ready to play Tuesday night in his return to San Jose, but he should be able to come off injured reserve before Thursday night's game in Phoenix, meaning the Islanders will have to send either Kevin Poulin or Anders Nilsson to Bridgeport.