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From our 2013 NHL Draft Black Book
Strome, Dylan – C – Erie Otters (Toronto Marlboros GTHL 2012/2013) – 6’2” – 170
Dylan was selected 1st round, 2nd Overall by the Erie Otters at the 2013 OHL Priority Selection Draft. Dylan, the younger brother of New York Islanders prospect Ryan Stome is bigger and arguably more offensively talented at the minor midget age of 15.
Dylan Strome is very talented offensively and makes the majority of offensive plays look relatively easy. Puck control and possession are two key factors in his offensive arsenal; Dylan uses his size and soft hands to shield the puck from defenders and is fairly solid on his feet, making it quite a difficult task to knock him off the puck. Dylan is also effective using his size to win puck battles along the boards, behind the net or in the corners. Strome possesses the ability to read the ice exceptionally well and uses strong vision and creativity to constantly keep defenders guessing his next move. Dylan is a very strong playmaker and is always looking to set up his linemates for easy scoring opportunities. Dylan uses a strong wrist shot when he gets himself in scoring position and would benefit from shooting more often rather than always looking for the extra fancy pass.
Dylan is also quite defensively aware and is very strong at helping out his defenseman down low and moving pucks out of the zone. Strome is very strong at doing the little things such as blocking shots and placing pucks in positions with space for his teammates to make something happen. This will translate well into his game at the next level.
In the beginning of his draft season, it appeared that his skating ability might hold Strome back from making the jump to the elite level of prospects for the 2013 OHL draft. However, as the season progressed there was some big improvement in that area. From Christmas onward, Dylan’s skating and acceleration speed has given him that extra boost allowing him to beat defenders wide and win more races to loose pucks. That being said, there is still room for improvement in this area going forward and his foot speed and edge work will be something he needs to work on to take his game successfully to the next level. Once Dylan enters the offensive zone it’s difficult not to notice his exceptional talent, getting there however will continue to be his biggest challenge going forward in our opinion.