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THE SKINNY: Ryan Strome’s stellar season helped him make one of the biggest climbs in C.S.S.’s rankings, leaping from 19th in the mid-term poll to 8th in the final rank. This was recognized by the OHL, as they voted him Most Improved Player in the 2011 OHL Eastern Conference Coaches Poll. In addition, his 73 assists (in 65 games) helped him garner the achievement of Best Playmaker. Strome boasted a 1.63 points-per-game average, earning him the distinction of being first in that category among OHL forwards.
Hockey runs in Strome’s family, as his brothers Dylan and Matthew play competitively. His brothers will have a lot to live up to – a YouTube video of a highlight reel goal of Ryan’s against Plymouth has over 300,000 views.
NHL Central Scouting's Chris Edwards "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: “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."
NHL Team: Toronto Maple Leafs NHL Player: Sidney Crosby Shootout Move: "Forehand five-hole" Video game: Call of Duty Movie: Mighty Ducks 1, 2 and 3 Book: Playing with Fire by Theo Fleury Pump-up song: "Dream On" by Aerosmith
NEWS: Strome Worth A Deeper Look Than Highlight-Reel Goal (5.2.11) The biggest number for Ryan Strome this season might not be the goals, assists or points he scores for the Ontario Hockey League's Niagara IceDogs, or where he lands in NHL Central Scouting's rankings for the 2011 Entry Draft -- all those numbers likely will be high, by the way.
No, for Strome, the biggest number will be the video starts for the spectacular goal he scored against the Plymouth Whalers Oct. 28.