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Islanders Draft Central Day 8: Ryan Strome & Joachim Nermark

by Dyan LeBourdais / New York Islanders
Ryan Strome, a center for Niagra of the Ontario Hockey League, and Joachim Nermark, a center for Linkoping Jr., are ranked eighth on the Central Scouting Service rankings list.

draft profiles
Ryan Strome
North American Skater
Niagara, OHL
Final Rank:  8
Midterm Rank:  19
Position:  Center
Shoots:  Right
Height:  6'0" Weight:  175
Born:  July 11, 1993
Hometown:  Mississauga, ON, CAN
Joachim Nermark
European Skater
Linkoping Jr., SWE-JR.
Final Rank:  8 Midterm Rank:  10
Position:  Center
Shoots:  Left
Height:  6'1" Weight:  187
Born:  May 12, 1993
Hometown:  Sunne, SWE

Each day as we get closer to the June 24 NHL Entry Draft in St. Paul, MN, the Islanders Draft Central will update with a new North American and European player profile. Below, each of the top 30 North American and European prospects will be listed.
May 26, 2011 - 30th in CSS Ranking
Rickard Rakell (North American)
Alessio Bertaggia (European)
May 27, 2011 - 29th in CSS Ranking
Alexander Khokhlachev (North American)
Adam Pettersson (European)
May 28, 2011 - 28th in CSS Ranking
Matthew Puempel (North American)
Sergei Shmelev (European)
May 29, 2011 - 27th in CSS Ranking
Phillip Danault (North American)
Fredrik Claesson (European)
May 30, 2011 - 26th in CSS Ranking
Shane Prince (North American)
Sergei Barbashev (European)
May 31, 2011 - 25th in CSS Ranking
Connor Murphy (North American)
Alexei Marchenko (European)
June 1, 2011 - 24th in CSS Ranking
Scott Mayfield (North American) | VIDEO
Johan Sundstrom (European)
June 2, 2011 - 23rd in CSS Ranking
Jonathan Miller (North American)
Klas Dahlbeck (European)
June 3, 2011 - 22nd in CSS Ranking
Tyler Biggs (North American) | VIDEO
Victor Berglind (European)
June 4, 2011 - 21st in CSS Ranking
Nicklas Jensen (North American)
William Karlsson (European)
June 5, 2011 - 20th in CSS Ranking
Tomas Jurco (North American) | VIDEO
Viktor Arvidsson (European)
June 6, 2011 - 19th in CSS Ranking
Brandon Saad (North American) | VIDEO
Joel Mustonen (European)
June 7, 2011 - 18th in CSS Ranking
Boone Jenner (North American)
Zakhar Arzamastsev (European)
June 8, 2011 - 17th in CSS Ranking
Ty Rattie (North American)
Nikita Kucherov (European)
June 9, 2011 - 16th in CSS Ranking
Mark Scheifele (North American) | VIDEO
Alexander Ruuttu (European)
June 10, 2011 - 15th in CSS Ranking
Zack Phillips (North American)
Karl Johansson (European)
June 11, 2011 - 14th in CSS Ranking
Mark McNeill (North American)
Jeremy Boyce (European)
June 12, 2011 - 13th in CSS Ranking
Jamieson Oleksiak (North American)
Max Friberg (European)
June 13, 2011 - 12th in CSS Ranking
Joseph Morrow (North American) | VIDEO
Victor Rask (European)
June 14, 2011 - 11th in CSS Ranking
Vladislav Namestnikov (North American) | VIDEO
Gregory Hofmann (European)
June 15, 2011 - 10th in CSS Ranking
Duncan Siemens (North American) | VIDEO
Rasmus Bengtsson (European)
June 16, 2011 - 9th in CSS Ranking
Ryan Murphy (North American) | VIDEO
Markus Granlund (European)

Islanders Scout Tim MacLean
On Ryan Strome - Strome is a guy who basically came out of nowhere to become a major force this year. He finished third in the OHL with 106 points (33 goals, 63 assists) after having 27 points last year. He is a very strong skater with good quickness and agility. He is an excellent playmaker and is very creative with the puck. He makes players around him better.

NHL Central Scouting's Chris Edwards
On Ryan Strome - He skates very well and has very good speed. He's a creative playmaker who sees the ice very well. He goes to the net and battles in front. He is able to get to rebounds and loose pucks in front. He has good hands and has scored some goals off tip-ins in front.

Niagara GM and head coach Marty Williamson
On Ryan Strome - Ryan is one of those guys that initiates contact and makes a great play. He plays in those traffic areas and he wins battles and then he makes great passes. He's got great vision... He's confident, he feels good on the ice, and when you have skill and a lot of confidence, good things happen.

Islanders Scout Vellu Kautonen
On Joachim Nermark - Nermark is a two-way centerman who plays a steady defensive game
1. Edmonton Oilers
2. Colorado Avalanche
3. Florida Panthers
4. New Jersey Devils
5. New York Islanders
Round 1 - 5th overall
Round 2 -
34th overall
Round 2 -
50th overall
(from Wisniewski deal to Montreal)
Round 3 -
63rd overall
(from 4th round 2010 draft selection dealt to Colorado)
Round 4 -
94th overall
Round 5 -
124th overall
Round 5 -
126th overall
(from two 6th round 2010 draft picks dealt to Atlanta)
Round 7 -
184th overall

Western Hockey League
Niagara IceDogs

After 10 seasons as the Mississauga IceDogs, the team moved to Niagara in 2007. In 2004, the team became the OHL Eastern Conference Champions, winning the Bobby Orr Trophy. Following the move to Niagara, the IceDogs were eliminated from the 2011 playoffs (in the third round) to the newest team in Mississauga, the St. Michael’s Majors.

If selected, Ryan Strome, would be the first Islanders draft pick from the IceDogs franchise, as no other player has been chosen from either Niagara or Mississauga.

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