The Islanders will have to wait at least another day for Ryan Strome.
“Weather trouble” was reported by Newsday’s Arthur Staple as the reason for the Islanders’ highly-touted rookie forward to not join the Islanders in San Jose for tonight’s game vs the Sharks. The Islanders play Wednesday night in Phoenix, the fifth and final game of a grueling West Coast trip that has not started well for the reeling team.
Strome, the 20-year-old, playmaking center drafted fifth overall in 2011, has made the most of his first full season as a pro, with 33 points in 23 playing with the Islanders AHL affiliate Bridgeport. He leads the league in both points and assists (24).
Strome has been particularly hot over the last two weeks, with 17 points in his last nine games. That led to him receiving the AHL Player of the Week award two straight times, something that’s been accomplished by just two other players over the last 20 years.
If Strome can produce anything near the level of production he has for the SoundTigers, it will be a welcome relief. The Islanders have scored 16 goals during their 10-game losing streak.
“Obviously, we have some key players not performing at a high enough level,” Isles General Manager Garth Snow told Newsday this weekend, before the latest news regarding Strome. “I understand the frustrations of our fans. We have those same frustrations in our locker room, in the coaches’ room, for myself. We felt we had guys who were ready to take the next step.
“Now we’re just trying to right the ship and win a few games.”