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Draft Pick Profile: Dylan Strome

by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Coyotes added nine prospects to the mix at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft in Sunrise, Fla. Follow along as profiles all nine draft picks. Today's featured player is center Dylan Strome.

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Age: 18
Height/Weight: 6-3/185
Position: Center
Hometown: Mississauga, ON, CAN
Round: 1 (3rd overall)
2014-15 team: Erie (OHL)

The Skinny:

Strome won the Ontario Hockey League scoring title after registering 129 points (45-84—129) in 68 games, setting Erie Otters franchise records for assists and points in a season. He won the scoring title on the final day of the regular season with a six-point performance (4-2—6) in an 8-7 win over Niagara to finish ahead of fellow 2015 NHL Draft prospect Mitchell Marner of the London Knights (44-82—126).

The Stats:

• Strome, who was awarded the William Hanley Trophy as the OHL's most sportsmanlike player of the year, notched 10-12—22 in 20 postseason contests before Erie fell to Oshawa in the OHL Final.

• Internationally, Strome was a member of Canada’s gold-medal squad at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial, registering six points (5-1—6) in five games. He also led Team Ontario and tied for fourth overall with 11 points (6-5—11) at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

• Strome averaged more than two points per game in 2012-13 as captain of the Toronto Marlboros of the Greater Toronto Hockey League, finishing the season with 143 points (65-78—143) in 60 games en route to being named GTHL Player of the Year.

The Quotes:

Don Maloney and Dylan Strome. Photo by Getty Images.

"I didn't know if they were picking (third) until about a minute until they did pick. So I really had no idea up until that moment, but I'm extremely honored and proud to be a Coyote. I can't wait to get started. Right now I'm just taking it all in. It's pretty surreal. I'm not going to lie - it feels unbelievable." -- Dylan Strome

"I know my skating needs a little bit of work, but I don't feel it's a knock on me. I'm just going to get stronger and bigger, and with that is going to come getting faster. I think that's the main thing." -- Dylan Strome

"Obviously it helps playing with a guy (Connor McDavid) of that caliber. I mean, he's the best player in the world and it's an honor to play with him. But I think I tried to prove people wrong when he was out of the lineup (for 21 games with an injury and for the World Juniors) and be that good player that I know I am." -- Dylan Strome

"Dylan Strome is a terrific young talent. If you look around at what it takes to win in the National Hockey League – it’s center icemen and strength in the middle. Big centericemen are invaluable. You can’t trade for them, you have to draft them and develop them. If you look at Dylan Strome, and you look at his DNA and his family, all he’s done is win so you can’t go wrong in taking a player like Dylan Strome." -- Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney

Dylan Strome. Photo by Getty Images.

"Dylan’s a big, strong centerman that all teams look for, and if you don’t have it in the National Hockey League today it’s very difficult to win," Coyotes Director of Amateur Scouting Tim Bernhardt said. "We like his potential growth. He’s not done yet." -- Coyotes Director of Amateur Scouting Tim Bernhardt

The Fun Facts:

• Strome's older brother Ryan plays for the New York Islanders, who drafted him fifth overall in 2011.

• Strome is very good friends with fellow draft pick Kyle Capobianco, a defenseman the Coyotes drafted 63rd overall less than 24 hours after they drafted Strome. They used to spend summer evenings playing ball hockey together.

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