Islanders first-round draft pick Ryan Strome has enough on his mind without worrying about his yet-to-be-completed entry-level deal.
In a whirlwind summer that included the NHL draft, Islanders rookie camp, World Juniors camp and off-season preparation for the upcoming season, Strome is just trying to enjoy what time he has left.
"Obviously, it's something players think about. It's a big step in any player's career," Strome said when reached at the NHLPA's Rookie Showcase in Toronto, Ontario. "But, it's not in my control and I know both sides will do what's best. Right now I just want to control what I can--to have fun this weekend and work hard before training camp."
Of the top five selected at this year's draft, Strome and third-overall pick Jonathan Huberdeau (FLA) remain unsigned; Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (EDM), Gabriel Landeskog (COL) and Adam Larsson (NJD) have all reached deals with their respective teams.
The standard entry-level deal for Strome should be done before training camp, according to one person with knowledge of discussions.
Strome, who has been working out back home with Islanders' center John Tavares at the Athlete Training Centre in Ontario almost every day, also has another motivating force driving his training.
The 18-year-old Missisauga native participated in Hockey Canada's National Junior Team Development Camp in Alberta earlier this month. He's hoping that showcase will earn him an invite back to camp in December, and ultimately, a spot on the squad for the World Junior Championships this winter.
"There were a lot of good players there so you have to catch your stride pretty fast," Strome said of his experience at camp.
"Making the team would be a huge honor for me and my family.All Canadian kids grow up watching it, so hopefully I get the chance to go and represent my country."