The Islanders snagged Strome with the fifth overall pick in the 2011 draft, and it appeared as though the team had made a great selection when the right-handed forward broke out for 50 points (17 goals, 33 assists) in 81 games with the big club in 2014-15. However, the 23-year-old pivot has been trending downward since that breakout campaign, tallying just 58 points (21 goals, 37 assists) in 140 games over the past two seasons. Strome has the potential to develop into a legitimate top-six forward in the NHL, so the Oilers are clearly hoping a change of scenery will help unlock some of that untapped talent.
There is a widely circulated rumor traveling around that the Islanders have a deal in place with the Golden Knights involving their first-round pick that will keep Vegas from selecting players like Brock Nelson, Josh Bailey, and Strome. The Isles were disappointed with Strome last season as he only had 13 goals and 30 points but they still have hope that he will develop into a top six forward under new coach Doug Weight.
Strome was a disappointment this season with only 13 goals and 30 points in 69 games. The former first-round pick may never reach his potential with the Islanders and could be left unprotected in the expansion draft. If he does return to the Islanders it will likely be as part of the bottom-six forward group.
Strome will not require surgery for his broken wrist, though he's still expected to miss 3-to-6 weeks of action, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
The Isles have serious work to do in order to make it to the postseason, though avoiding surgery means the skilled forward could be ready if the team does happen to pull of the improbable and wind up in the playoffs.
Strome (upper body) will be out for the rest of the regular season due to a broken wrist, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
This is a significant blow to an Islanders team not letting go of its playoff hopes. While Strome's been terribly inconsistent this season, he's at least had four outings with two points or more since the calendar flipped to 2017. Fantasy owners should expect to see a lot more of Alan Quine at the center position with the team missing out on the offensively gifted Strome.