New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has acquired Ryan Strome from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Ryan Spooner.
Strome, 25, has skated in 358 career NHL games over parts of six seasons (2013-14 - 2018-19) with the NY Islanders and Edmonton, registering 59 goals and 103 assists for 162 points, along with 170 penalty minutes. He established several career-highs during his first full season in the NHL in 2014-15, including goals (17), assists (33), points (50), and plus/minus rating (plus-23) in 81 games with the Islanders while helping the team advance to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Strome played in 18 games with the Oilers this season, registering one goal and one assist for two points. Strome has also skated in 15 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, registering three goals and five assists for eight points, along with a plus-two rating and four penalty minutes.
The 6-1, 194-pounder has earned several awards throughout his hockey career. Strome was selected to the AHL's All-Rookie Team and played in the AHL All-Star Game in 2013-14, as he registered 49 points (13 goals, 36 assists) in 37 games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers during the season. He recorded 295 points (105 goals, 190 assists) in 225 games during a four-year junior career in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with the Barrie Colts and Niagara IceDogs. Strome was selected to the OHL's Second All-Star Team and participated in the CHL Top Prospects Game in 2010-11, as he tallied 106 points (33 goals, 73 assists) in 65 games with Niagara. Internationally, the Mississauga, Ontario native has represented Canada in several tournaments, and he helped Canada earn a bronze medal at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Strome was originally selected by the Islanders in the first round, fifth overall, of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
Spooner skated in 36 games with the Rangers over parts of two seasons (2017-18 and 2018-19), registering five goals and 13 assists for 18 points. He was acquired by the Blueshirts in a trade with Boston on Feb. 25, 2018.
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