The New York Islanders are shaking up their roster in light of their 8-17-5 record, and have waived Pierre-Marc Bouchard. Regardless of what happens to the forward (whether he’s claimed or clears waivers), the team is appears ready to recall scoring sensation Ryan Strome from the AHL.
As team announced, Pierre-Marc Bouchard on waivers. Once he clears or is claimed, Ryan Strome will join #Isles, likely tmrw in San Jose.
— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) December 9, 2013
New York made Strome the fifth-overall selection in the 2011 draft. They’ve been very patient in developing him, allowing the forward to spend four full campaigns in the OHL before bringing him tot he AHL last season. He impressed in his professional debut, picking up seven points in 10 games last year.
He’s been scorching the minors recently though, scoring at an unreasonable rate. Strome has 17 points in his last eight games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, and is currently the AHL’s leading scorer with 33 points in 23 games. It will be interesting to see how that pace translates to the NHL, and if he does make his regular-season NHL debut against the San Jose Sharks tomorrow, he could have his hands full.
Still, Strome is a big part of New York’s future. He might not immediately be a scoring machine at the NHL level, but he certainly has the skills and pedigree needed to make a dent this season.