EDMONTON, AB - Ryan Strome was acquired in an off-season trade and you can bet the Oilers have big plans for the 24 year-old. One of those plans would be seeing time on Connor McDavid's wing.
"It'd be good. Maybe the best player in the game, if not the best," said Strome. "Just watching him last week in informal skates, it's impressive how he can move and the things he can do at top speed. If I get that opportunity, you just have to complement him as best you can, make little plays, just learn and adjust. He does so many great things out there that you just want to try and learn every day, get those tendencies down - I think that's the best way to learn."
The Oilers want Strome to shoot more, especially if he plays with McDavid, who can give you the puck when you least expect it and put you in prime scoring position.
Strome may not have built any on-ice chemistry with the captain yet, but he does have a unique connection. The former Islander's brother, Dylan, played with McDavid for the Erie Otters in the Ontario Hockey League. The pair was quite the dynamic duo, racking up a combined 149 points in their final season together (2014-15).
"He'd been around my house a little bit and I obviously watched a lot of their junior games," said Strome. "The relationship is there a little bit but all the guys have been very welcoming and it's a really good group here. It's a really close group of guys. It's been a lot of fun to get to know them. I'm excited to skate with them. There's a lot of skill, a lot of speed out there. It's nice to watch, and to be a part of it is going to be fun."