For many prospects at the Islanders Mini Camp, this week presents an opportunity to meet some of the other players in the organization and have a little fun before returning to their respective junior or college teams.
Not for Ryan Strome. He’s got a different mission.
“I expect to be a leader and show that I’m a man amongst boys here,” Strome said. “I want to show that I’m a good player and that I’m ready to play at the next level.”
Strome is considered to be one of the Islanders top young talents in the organization, and with good reason. In 53 games with the Niagra IceDogs in the Ontario Hockey League he tallied 34 goals, 60 assists and 94 points. Strome then spent the tail end of the season with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, where he had seven points in 10 games.
The summer mini camp has become an annual tradition for the 20 year-old Strome in recent years. A three-year veteran at the camp, Strome said he can definitely feel the improvement in his game and his enhanced comfort level at the camp compared to previous summers.
“I think I’m just bigger, stronger, more mature,” the 6-0, 179-pound Strome said. “I feel better all around. I’m definitely a lot bigger and I feel more comfortable, so when you add those things together you feel a lot better on the ice and overall I think my game is leaps and bounds better.”
Strome entered camp with a legitimate shot at making the Islanders roster. And though he’s talented, he understands that there will be one thing that will set him apart from the other prospects during his week out on Long Island.
“Honestly, I think they notice hard work,” Strome said. “I think they’ll notice if you’ve been working hard all summer.”
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