UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- With each passing day, forward Ryan Strome knows he's inching closer to realizing his dream of playing in the NHL.
Selected in the first round (No. 5) by the New York Islanders at the 2011 NHL Draft, Strome is coming off another successful season with the Niagara Ice Dogs of the Ontario Hockey League, when he had 34 goals, 60 assists and a plus-43 rating in 53 games. He had six points (four goals, two assists) in six games for Canada at the 2013 World Junior Championship.
Strome, who turns 20 Thursday, turned pro at the end of his fourth junior season when he joined the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League in April. Though Bridgeport fell short in its bid to qualify for the Calder Cup Playoffs, Strome had seven points (two goals, five assists) in 10 games. The adjustment went as smoothly as possible.