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Strome traded to Rangers by Oilers for Spooner

New York, Edmonton exchange forwards

by NHL.com @NHLdotcom

Ryan Strome was traded to the New York Rangers by the Edmonton Oilers for Ryan Spooner on Friday.

Strome, a 25-year-old forward, has two points (one goal, one assist) in 18 games this season. He was in his second season with the Oilers, who acquired him in a trade with the New York Islanders for forward Jordan Eberle on June 22, 2017. Strome had 34 points (13 goals, 21 assists) in 82 games last season.

Selected by the Islanders with the No. 5 pick of the 2011 NHL Draft, Strome has 162 points (59 goals, 103 assists) in 358 games with the Islanders and Oilers, and eight points (three goals, five assists) in 15 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

"The fact that he can play center, that he can play wing, that he can play on the power play, that he can kill penalties, he can take face-offs, I think he brings a little bit of everything," Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton said, "and with our group right now, having somebody who can play in all different areas of the game, I think he can help us.

"When you're a top-five pick overall, there's a lot of pressure on you to perform. … I think he feels like, and we feel like, maybe there's a little bit more that he can still get to the level we're all hoping he can get to." 

Spooner, a 26-year-old forward, had two points (one goal, one assist) in 16 games this season, his second with the Rangers. He was acquired in a trade with the Boston Bruins on Feb. 25 with forward Matt Beleskey, defenseman prospect Ryan Lindgren and a first-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, for forward Rick Nash. Spooner had 16 points (four goals, 12 assists) in 20 games with the Rangers last season.

Selected by the Bruins in the second round (No. 45) of the 2010 NHL Draft, Spooner has 160 points (46 goals, 114 assists) in 289 games with the Bruins and Rangers, and two assists in four playoff games.

Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli was Bruins GM when they drafted Spooner.

"We chatted and I told him how excited I was to get there and he said the same thing," Spooner told the Oilers website. "Hopefully I can get back to playing the game I know I can play."

Spooner was teammates with Edmonton forward Milan Lucic in Boston.

"I actually played on the same line with him for a bit, too," Spooner said. "I was 21 or 22 when I played with him, and he was great to me and always positive, so that was definitely something good to see."

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