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Islanders take junior forward Strome with 5th pick

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - The New York Islanders took Ryan Strome, a high-scoring forward from the Ontario Hockey League, with the No. 5 pick in the NHL draft Friday night.

The soon-to-be 18-year-old Strome was third in the Ontarrio Hockey League with 106 points, including 73 assists, in 65 games with the Niagara IceDogs. He was welcomed to the NHL when Minnesota native Kyle Okposo, an Islanders forward, made the pick from the podium in St. Paul.

Strome helped the IceDogs to a franchise-best 45 wins and 96 points last season when he posted a league-best 1.63 points per game among forwards.

The Ontario native, a 6-foot, 175-pound center, was chosen and the Most Improved Player and Best Playmaker this season in a poll of coaches in the OHL's Eastern Conference.

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