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Isles Player Preview: Ryan Strome

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders

2015-16 Season: Ryan Strome's season wasn't exactly the follow-up he was hoping for after a breakout 2014-15 year. The sophomore forward went from 50 points to 28, and 17 goals to eight. He was a healthy scratch early in the season and was sent down to Bridgeport for eight games. 

Strome added four points (1G, 3A) in eight playoff games, including the game-winning goal against the Florida Panthers in Game 1 and a pair of assists in a Game 1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. 

Strome signed a two-year deal on Sept. 20.

Highlight Reel Moment: Ryan Strome scores game-winner against Florida Panthers in Game 1 (Apr. 14, 2016) 

Video: NYI@FLA, Gm1: Strome nets a rebound past Luongo

The Look Ahead: Strome will be the first to admit that last season wasn't his best, but he gets a fresh start in 2016-17. He said he learned a lot from last season and the experience would make him better for it - both on and off the ice. 

Strome told Newsday that he's changed his offseason plan, as well as his day-to-day preparations heading into this season. He'll have to show the coaching staff that he took their advice to heart, but at cleanout day Strome said he'll have a chip on his shoulder this year, so expect the 23-year-old to play harder and feistier than last season. 

Strome is still a highly-skilled playmaker and could return to center after playing last season on the wing. He's only one year removed from a 50-point season, but it's up to him to bounce back and prove that last year was just a hiccup. 

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