October 28, 2011
Have no fear, Canada, the other 18-year-old centre named Ryan who was a top-5 pick in the NHL draft is still available for the world junior hockey championship and he's in pretty good form. Apparently something about the final Thursday in October brings out the best in Niagara IceDogs star Ryan Strome.
The New York Islanders prospect, who had the goal of the year in the Canadian Hockey League last season, got started early on his entry for this year's unofficial title. Against the Brampton Battalion, Strome took a pass from linemate Freddie Hamilton whilst moving down his wrong wing, knifed between defenders Zach Bell and Patrik Machac, swooped around Cameron Wind and then all but toyed with goalie Keegan Wilson until the netminder opened his five-hole.
That came exactly 364 days after Strome's better-known submission to the YouTube Hall of Fame.
It was Oct. 28, 2010 when the Mississauga, Ont., native got on the hockey map with a sick goal against the Plymouth Whalers. Was that still his pièce de résistance among his oeuvre of outstanding goals? Probably.
Plus there's Strome's effort from a skills competition during the Islanders summer development camp in July.
What else can you say? He's a talent. Perhaps St. Catharines is Swaggerville so long as Strome is there.
Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports . Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet (video: TV Cogeco Ontario).