Over the last few years he was in the organization, Ryan Strome was one of the New York Islanders’ top prospects. Drafted fifth overall in 2011, he entered the NHL in 2013 and started off well, tallying 18 points in his first 37 games. In his first full season, Strome recorded 17 goals and 33 assists, all as only a 21-year-old. The future looked bright for one of the Islanders’ top young stars, as he was projected to be a key player in their top-six for years to come.
However, Strome never came close to those heights again, struggling to reach even 40 points in a season. In the following two seasons Strome couldn’t even break 30 points, recording a mere 58 points in his last 140 games with the Islanders. It was then that New York traded him to the Edmonton Oilers, where he remains today. Despite the Oilers hoping that they would get the old Strome, his first season in Edmonton was more of the same, with him scoring only 34 points in 82 games. Strome isn’t old at 25 years old, but it’s fairly safe to say that we know what kind of player he is. Even though he showed flashes of offensive potential, Strome seems destined to be a third-line forward stuck outside a team’s top-six.
This is unfortunate for fantasy owners who have been hoping for a Ryan Strome breakout. Last season was his make-it-or-break-it year, and he most certainly did not make it. According to our Fantasy Hockey Geek tool, Strome was one of the least valuable skaters a person could own (in an average 12-team Yahoo league measuring goals, assists, shots on goal, power-play points, and hits).