Dylan Strome

The fourth prospect in the draft rankings is Dylan Strome, who plays on the same line as McDavid on the Erie Otters. I am a fan of the way Strome plays the game.

One thing is that he is strong offensively. He has terrific vision, making very nice passes. He sets up many goals, and a lot for McDavid. He is smart with the puck and is very good at handling it. The one problem is he can sometimes be indecisive and pass up open shots, or wait too long, where by the time he shoots, he can’t get the shot off. That is easily correctable, though.

Another thing I love about his offensive game is his willingness to drive and stand in front of the net He will take away the vision of the goaltender when the team is set up in the offensive zone, especially on the power play. He positions himself for deflections and rebounds, and when the puck is behind the net, he’s in position for a quick one-timer right in front.

Strome has a nice two-way game, also. He rushes down the ice to get back defensively and many times is the first guy back defensively. He has a good stick-checking ability, and his great vision and positioning skills help him get in the passing lanes and break up plays. He doesn’t use his size and throw his weight around too often, but he does forecheck and battle for pucks along the boards, which is a nice thing to see.

I believe he is a good choice for anyone wanting someone who works at both ends of the ice. He would be very useful for a team needing size and having trouble getting players to create traffic by driving the front of the net and screening the goaltender. I would take him fourth or fifth overall.

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