Coming into the season, Dylan Strome was mentioned as a potential OHL scoring champion. After all, the emerging 17-year-old centre was due to play in more Erie Otters games than Connor McDavid, while racking up points helming his own production line and also collaborating with the superstar on the first power play.
The way that the highly touted playmaker sealed the deal on the final day of the season bears watching. Strome arrived in St. Catharines, Ont., for the Otters-Niagara IceDogs finale three points behind the London Knights' Mitch Marner after being docked a phantom assist during a Saturday game at Plymouth. Strome won the title with aplomb and without McDavid, who sat out the game, scoring four goals and two assists in Erie's defence-took-a-holiday 8-7 win over the IceDogs. Time again, Strome displayed exceptional puck control and vision as he found openings. Niagara entered the contest with motivation to shut down Strome since it still had a chance of earning home-ice advantage for its playoff series against the Ottawa 67's, but Strome was a force unto himself.
The assist on surefire OHL rookie of the year Alex DeBrincat's third-period game-tying goal was nice, too.
The scoring binge gave Strome, who is NHL Central Scouting's fourth-ranked North American skater behind McDavid, Boston University's Jack Eichel and Boston College's Noah Hanifin, an Erie club record 129 points.
McDavid finished with 120 in 47 games, or 2.55 per contest. With DeBrincat counting 104, the Otters made it three OHL teams with three 100-point scorers, which hasn't happened in the OHL since 1985.
Getting back to Strome, though, that was an impressive exhibition of his talents. For anyone wondering, he had 16 goals and 34 points in the 21 games that McDavid was indisposed, mostly due to his hand injury and the world junior. It's understandable that Strome's coring rate would be a higher when a certain No. 97 plays, but that's still a 100-point pace in the no-Connor contests. Marner was also in fine company in London with Arizona Coyotes prospects Max Domi and Christian Dvorak.
Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.