He finished sixth among all rookies with 39 points (10 goals, 39 points in 60 games), well behind the one player picked ahead of him in the 2013 OHL draft – Ottawa C Travis Konecny (league-best 26 goals and 70 points in 63 games). But Strome (No. 2 overall pick) arguably developed the most well-rounded game among that group a season ago.
Strome didn’t have to be a front-end scorer for the Otters a season ago. The league’s third-highest scoring team (312 goals) had plenty of dangerous offensive performers, led by Connor Brown (45-83-128), Dane Fox (64-43-107), Connor McDavid (28-71-99) and Andre Burakovsky (41-46-87).
Only McDavid is assured of returning this season. So it’s time for Strome to take his games, especially on offense, to the next level. He has the size, speed, skill and work ethic to have a huge year.
He’s already projected as a top-10 pick in the 2015 NHL draft. He has the demeanor and maturity to block that out and focus on the task at hand – keeping the Otters among the top teams in the league for a second straight season. 2013-14 OHL rookie scoring leaders
C Travis Konecny, Ottawa – 26 goals, 44 assists, 70 points (63 games)
C Mitchell Marner, London – 13 goals, 46 assists, 59 points (64 games)
LW Andrew Mangiapane, Barrie – 24 goals, 27 assists, 51 points (68 games)
RW Nick Magyar, Kitchener – 20 goals, 26 assists, 46 points (66 games)
RW Blake Speers, Sault Ste. Marie – 19 goals, 21 assists, 40 points (62 games)
C Dylan Strome, Erie – 10 goals, 29 assists, 39 points (60 games)
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