GLENDALE -- Center Dylan Strome knows there is plenty of time to have a long and fruitful hockey career, and time to prove the Arizona Coyotes correct when they chose him with the No. 3 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.
When the first two picks of that draft are center Connor McDavid, who won the Hart Trophy with the Edmonton Oilers last season, and center Jack Eichel, the focal point of the Buffalo Sabres, comparisons are natural. But the Coyotes are content to be patient with Strome, who they expect to be a major piece of their future.
Strome, 20, had one assist in seven games for the Coyotes last season before they sent him back to his junior team, Erie of the Ontario Hockey League. He served as captain for silver medal-winning Canada at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, and helped Erie to the OHL championship and the final of the Memorial Cup.