The New York Islanders beat a Tuesday deadline to sign Ryan Strome, the fifth pick of the 2011 Entry Draft, to a three-year, entry-level contract.
"Ryan is a dynamic playmaker who will bring tremendous skill to our young core for years to come," said Islanders General Manager Garth Snow. "He played extremely well in the preseason and throughout training camp and we're happy that he has made this three-year commitment to the organization."
Strome was held scoreless during the preseason, but his offensive talents were on full display last season with the Niagara Ice Dogs of the Ontario Hockey League, where he was third in the league with 106 points.
"The Islanders are a team that is on the rise and I'm thrilled to have the chance to be a part of this young group of players committed to seeing this historic organization succeed," Strome said. "I couldn't be happier to begin my career on Long Island."
The Islanders will have nine games to decide if Strome will stick with the team for the entire 2011-12 season or be returned to Niagara. If Strome is sent back prior to playing his 10th game, it delays the start of his contract by one season. If he stays and plays more than 10 games, he still can be sent back, but it uses up one season on his deal, and he can't be recalled except under emergency situations.
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