Dylan Strome

Chicago Blackhawks
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Fantasy Summary

Strome possesses excellent upside and as a high draft pick with NHL size the organization will do everything it can to ensure that he succeeds and thrives.

Fantasy Upside 8.5
NHL Certainty 9.5
Country CAN
Position C
Roster Type NHL
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth March 7, 1997
Height 6‘3”
Weight 201 lbs
Drafted 2015 Round 1; Overall: 3


December 2018 – The early returns on the Strome trade are nothing but positive. A change of scenery seems to have rejuvenated the former third overall pick as he is back to showing off his elite, on ice skills. If he can continue to progress, the Blackhawks may have finally found their second line center. Tony Carr


November 2018- Strome has been traded along with Brendan Perlini to the Chicago Blackhawks for Nick Schmaltz. Strome never seemed to make it with the Coyotes, struggling to hold down a consistent spot in the lineup and never really showed much offensively in Arizona. The skill was there, he showed that in juniors and dominating the AHL last season but you could feel the team was running low on patience with him. Being the third overall pick in 2015, with several players picked after him establishing themselves as stars in the NHL, seemed to weigh him down at times and hopefully a fresh start in Chicago will rejuvenate Strome. The Blackhawks envision him being their second line center, playing with former teammate from the Erie Otters Alex DeBrincat, maybe rekindling some of that old OHL magic they shared. Strome still possesses a ton of skill and is just 21 still, look for him to possibly get his offensive game going with the Blackhawks. Keith Duggan

October 2018- For the third straight season, Strome made the Coyotes opening night roster. Unlike the other two times though this feels different as Strome looks more comfortable, centering a line with Lawson Crouse and Christian Fischer. He scored the team’s first goal of the year (unfortunately in the Coyotes third game), leads Arizona with a 66.66% faceoff win percentage and this looks to be the season Strome finally breaks through as a full-time NHL player. Don’t expect big point totals this campaign though as 30 points seems reasonable. Keith Duggan

April 2018- In his third stint with the Coyotes this season, Strome has been much more productive, showing some life to once considered one of the top fantasy prospects. He has seven points in eight games in his most recent stint with the team including four points in his last two contests. Strome’s foot speed and strength still need imrovement but his overall game has improved from earlier recalls to the Coyotes. Backchecking and blocking shots are elements of Strome’s game you probably wouldn’t have seen him do earlier in the year. His strong play in Tucson also seemed to give him confidence, one that saw him named to the AHL All-Rookie Team. Strome was one of the Roadrunners top players, putting up 50 points (22 goals, 28 assists) in 47 games, averaging a 1.06 point per game and the team will be thrilled to have him back for the playoff’s. While he most likely won’t be that top scoring number one center Strome was expected to be when drafted in 2015, his recent play has shown he could still have a bright future for fantasy owners. Keith Duggan   December 2017- Strome’s latest NHL stint lasted nine games before he ended up back witth Tucson of the AHL. When he was recalled on Nov. 26th, Strome was downright dominate in the AHL and seemed ready to take the next step. Unfortunately, none of that progress was evident in the NHL as he put up just one point. Strome stills plays tentatively, all too willing to give up the puck when one of his strengths is playing with the puck and he struggled with the smaller window of time and space to read, react and make plays. Also his oft-discussed foot speed still looks to be a problem along with his overall strength. The skill set is still there, Strome has four points in three games since returning to the AHL, but it might be time to reassess his ceiling as a No. one center the Coyotes envisioned and needed when they drafted him. Keith Duggan  

November 2017- On an absolute tear since being assigned to the AHL, Strome has been recalled back to the Coyotes. He was currently second in the AHL scoring with 26 points (eight goals, 18 assists) despite playing less games than most including six less than leader Chris Bourque. Strome also had a strong 1.73 points per game thriving on a line with Nick Merkley and Lawson Crouse putting together multi-point performances in eight of his 15 AHL games. Expect a better showing in the NHL from Strome this time around than his first two stints with the Coyotes. Keith Duggan   October 2017- Strome has been named CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Oct. 29th. He notched seven points and a plus-8 in three games last week. Strome helped the Tucson Roadrunners go 3-0 by scoring a goal and six assists in those games. Through six games he has 10 points and Strome’s eight assists is one off the league lead. Keith Duggan  

October 2017- After two scoreless games with the Coyotes, Strome has been reassigned to Tucson of the AHL. He was fighting for a roster spot in the final days of training camp and Coyotes coach Rich Tocchet said he was looking for more consistency from him. While disappointing to Coyote fans and those of you who grabbed the third overall pick from 2015 high in your dynasty drafts hoping to finally see Strome break out offensively, this should benefit Strome’s game. In Arizona he was playing on the third line while averaging just 12:09 of ice time. Instead in the AHL, Strome will see top line minutes and play in all situations, allowing him to adjust to the pro game while gaining confidence. He’ll be back in the desert soon. Keith Duggan  

October 2017- With a strong preseason showing, Strome has made the Coyotes opening night roster. He scored one goal and four points in five games while looking noticeably bigger and faster. Strome most likely begins the year centering the third line, while seeing some power play time. Don’t expect big offensive numbers right away but there is no doubt about it Strome is still an elite prospect. Keith Duggan  

September 2017- Strome enters his third and so far most critical training camp with the Coyotes. With the sting of disappointment still fresh in his mind from being sent back to the OHL both of the previous camps, and with knowledge that there is no more he can accomplish in juniors, Strome understands what an important camp this is for him. “[Former Coach] Dave Tippett told me last year that I was good enough to play in the NHL but I wasn’t good enough to play every day yet. It was about working to get a little better and a little stronger in practice,” Strome recently said. He spent much of the summer in Arizona working out, adding about five pounds of strength and looking noticeably bigger in the Coyotes development camp this past July. Strome also spent a good amount of time working on his oft discussed skating with Coyotes skating coach Dawn Braid. While Braid worked with almost every Coyote at some point this summer, she considered Strome her “special case”. No one ever doubted his skill, it was strength, skating along with two-way play that was holding him back from playing in the NHL and Strome has put a strong effort into improving those aspects of his game. He’s still an excellent prospect but it’s probably going to be a slow adjustment for Strome into the pro ranks. Keep an eye on him in training camp and preseason as with a strong camp he could begin 2017-18 as the Coyotes number two center behind Derek Stepan. But with a weak camp could find himself beginning the year in the AHL. Keith Duggan  

May 2017- Strome’s junior career came to a disappointing end, as his Erie Otters lost in the Memorial Cup Final to Windsor 4-3. Still it was excellent tournament for him as he scored a goal and set up another in the final game and was named Most Valuable Player of the Memorial Cup by scoring seven times and racking up 11 points. Strome led the Memorial Cup in goals, co-led in points and established a new tournament record for points in a game with his four-goal, three-assist performance against Saint John in a round-robin game. The Erie captain ends his junior career as the all-time Otter leader in assists, points and playoff points. In Strome’s 219 games with Erie he piled up 354 points. With the 2016-17 season now behind him, Strome will spend the summer getting ready to crack the Arizona lineup, specifically spending time in the weight room working on overall strength. Keith Duggan  

May 2017- Strome and the Erie Otters have advanced to the OHL championship round with a 4-2 series win over Owen Sound. He had two goals and an assist in the series-clinching, 7-2 win last Sunday. Strome is currently third in OHL playoff scoring with 11 goals and 25 points in 17 games. Erie opens the finals at home Thursday against Mississauga. Keith Duggan   March 2017 – Strome finished another outstanding regular season, racking up 22 goals and 75 points in just 35 games, helping the Erie Otters conclude as the OHL’s number one seed with their fourth straight 50-win season. He had five games with four or more points, finishing 17th in OHL points despite playing just 35 games. His Otters begin the playoff’s on March 23rd against the Sarnia Sting as heavy OHL favorites. Keith Duggan  

January 2017 – With a solid 2017 World Junior Championship behind him, finishing fifth in scoring with three goals and 10 points in seven games to help Canada win the bronze, Strome has continued to light up the OHL. On Jan. 28th, he scored his 10th goal of the season for Erie – and 310th point of his four-year OHL career- to become the Otters all-time points leader. Strome has scored a point in all but one game since returning to Erie, and has 32 points (10 goals and 22 assists) in 14 games. Keith Duggan  

December 2016 – Since returning to Erie, Strome has racked up a whopping five goals and 16 points in seven games, showing no rust in his game. He’s been named to Canada’s final roster for the 2017 World Junior Championship, pretty much expected when Strome was returned to the OHL. He’ll be a major part of the team, one that looks to improve upon last year’s sixth place finish. Keith Duggan  

November 2016 – The Arizona Coyotes have announced that they have returned 19-year-old center Dylan Strome to Erie of the OHL. While Strome seemed to have little to prove in the OHL, he was having trouble staying in the Coyotes lineup, a healthy scratch 10 of Arizona’s 17 games. Too young for the AHL, heading back to the OHL seemed better for his development than sitting almost every game in a losing environment. He picked up an assist in his first NHL game but was scoreless after that, averaging a little less than 14 minutes per game. His defensive game seems like it needs some work as Strome started only nine total shifts in the Coyotes zone at 5-on-5, earning more than triple that count in the offensive zone. This move all but guarantees he will suit up for Canada at the World Junior Championship, as Strome played extremely well in last year’s tournament. Strome should once again dominate in juniors, especially playing with players like Taylor Raddysh and Alex DeBrincat in Erie, who are currently one/two in scoring for the OHL. Keith Duggan  

November 2016 – After being a healthy scratch five out of the Coyotes first eight games, the team has given Strome a golden opportunity to prove he’s an NHL player. The team announced that fellow rookie Christian Dvorak was sent to Tucson of the AHL, giving Strome a top six spot in the lineup. If he struggles in the next few games though, Strome could find himself in the OHL for another season of junior. Keith Duggan   October 2016 – Dylan Strome made his anticipated NHL debut on 10/18 against Ottawa, playing on the second line between Anthony Duclair and Tobias Rieder. He recorded his first NHL point with an assist on a Rieder goal. As of right now the plan seems to be that Strome and fellow rookie Christian Dvorak will rotate in and out of the lineup, making him not very fantasy relevant at the moment. Keith Duggan  

October 2016- So far, so good as Strome’s play in Coyotes training camp and preseason games has been impressive. He has been one of Arizona’s top scorers through the preseason and looks to be almost a lock to be on the team’s opening night roster. Fun Fact: Bodog Sportsbook has Strome at 8/1 odds to win the 2016-17 Calder Trophy. Keith Duggan

April 2016 – It was an awesome 2015-16 regular season for Dylan Strome. He finished fourth in the OHL in points with 37 goals and 111 points in 56 games, leading his Erie Otters to a first place finish. In a Western Conference Coach’s poll, Strome was voted Smartest Player, Best on Face-Off’s and Best in Shootouts along with being ranked tops in NHL among prospects by The Hockey News. With the playoff’s beginning, Strome hasn’t let up, picking up four goals and five assists as Erie swept Saginaw in the first round. Keith Duggan   January 2016 – Dylan Strome was one of Team Canada’s few bright spots in their disappointing finish at the 2106 World Junior Tournament. He finished with four goals and six points in five games as Canada was bounced by eventual champs Finland in the quarterfinal. Keith Duggan  

December 2015 – What should be to no one’s surprise, Dylan Strome has been named to Canada’s 2016 World Junior roster. There is a very good chance he’ll be the team’s number one center and a big part of whether Canada brings home a medal or not. Keith Duggan   December 2015 – Dylan Strome has been named the OHL’s Player of the Month for November after he put up 10 goals and 21 assists in 12 games last month. Strome had points in 11 of 12 Erie games, nine of those multi-point, including two five-point games. Also it was a strong month at the face-off dot for the young center as he won 67 percent of his draw’s. He is currently tied with teammate Alex DeBrincat for first in OHL points, despite playing three less games. Strome will attend Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team Selection Camp that begins on Dec. 10th along with fellow Coyote prospects Brendan Perlini and Nick Merkley, where it is expected he will be a big part of that team. Keith Duggan  

November 2015 – Dylan Strome has been named the Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week for the week ending November 8th. The Erie Otter captain lead the league with eight points in two games, scoring twice and adding six assists. Strome is averaging two-points per game so far this season and is tied for ninth in league scoring with six goals and 24 points in 12 games. Keith Duggan  

October 2015 – If Dylan Strome was disappoined about not making the Coyotes he didn’t show it in his first game back with Erie. He recorded five assists in a 7-2 win over fellow Coyote prospect Brendan Perlini’s Niagara IceDogs, to help keep the Otters undefeated (5-0-0). Earlier in the week, Strome was also named the team’s captain. Keith Duggan  

October 2015 – With one of the Coyotes final cuts in training camp, Dylan Strome has been returned to Erie of the OHL. The third overall pick from 2015 made it a difficult choice, surprising coaching and management staffs with how well suited parts of his game already are to the NHL. “Right now, his mind and his anticipation of the game is strong enough but his body needs to get stronger,” said Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett. He was strong in early preseason action, tallying a power-play goal against the Kings, but his effectiveness tapered off in the final three games, Tippettt said. When the Coyotes faced an NHL-ready lineup from the Sharks in their final preseason game, it became clear Strome needed more time to develop. Arizona has stated many time it will not rush prospects anymore and while they could have definitly used Strome’s skill in their lineup this move will keep him out of most likely be a losing environment in the desert also. Instead he’ll get to develop his game in the OHL at least one more season, making Erie an instant contender, finish as a top scorer again and should get a shot at playing for Team Canada during the 2016 World Junior Championships. Keith Duggan  

September 2015 – Dylan Strome has had a very strong camp so far for the Coyotes, remaining with the team with three cuts left for Arizona to reach the opening-night limit. “Stromer has played very well,” Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett said after practice on Sept. 30th. Arizona has stated several times they will not rush prospects anymore so Strome seems a long shot to make the team but the Coyotes could desperately use his skill this season. Keith Duggan  

July 2015 – On the day before the Coyotes prospect development camp, Dylan Strome was signed to a three-year entry-level contract. Keith Duggan   June 2015 – The Arizona Coyotes select OHL leading scorer Dylan Strome 3rd overall at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Brendan Ross  

May 2015 – Despite some criticism of Dylan Strome’s playoff performance, the young pivot managed to put up 10 goals and 22 points in 20 post-season games. Strome capped off a fantastic draft year scoring six goals and 13 points in his final four games to overtake fellow draft eligible forward Mitch Marner for the OHL scoring title, including a remarkable four goal, six point final game. Strome led the OHL in assists (84) and took home the Eddie Powers Trophy as the league’s top scorer with 129 points. He also added the William Hanley Trophy to his shelf as the OHL’s Most Sportsmanlike Player posting only 32 penalty minutes. Destined to be a top 10 pick, Dylan could find himself in a similar position as his elder brother Ryan did as a Top 5 selection in June’s draft.  Brendan Ross  

November 2014 – Dylan Strome, drafted 2nd overall in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection Draft, is a top 10 prospect for the 2015 NHL Draft. Strome possesses high level playmaking abilities highlighted by great vision and slick puck skills. He possesses NHL size and a rangy wingspan that aids in his strong possession game. The imaginative forward has racked up 13 goals and 41 points through the first 18 games and currently sits second in OHL scoring (as of November 11th). Brendan Ross


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 Toronto Marlboros Bantam AAA GTBHL - - - - - |          
  Toronto Marlboros Mn Mdgt AAA OHL Cup - - - - - |          
 2012-2013 Toronto Marlboros Mn Mdgt AAA OHL Cup 7 5 4 9 6 |          
  Toronto Marlboros Mn Mdgt AAA GTMMHL 60 65 78 143 8 |          
  Team GTHL Red OGC-16 5 5 0 5 24 |          
 2013-2014 Erie Otters OHL 60 10 29 39 11 | Playoffs 14 3 6 9
  Canada Ontario U17 WHC-17 5 6 5 11 0 |          
 2014-2015 Team Red U18-Dev 3 3 0 3 0 |          
  Erie Otters OHL 68 45 84 129 32 | Playoffs 20 10 12 22 12 
  OHL All-Stars Jr Super Series 1 0 0 0 0 |          
  Canada U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 5 5 1 6 0 |          
 2015-2016 Erie Otters OHL 56 37 74 111 44 | Playoffs 13 10 11 21 12 
  Canada U20 WJC-20 5 4 2 6 4 |          
  OHL All-Stars Jr Super Series 1 1 1 2 0 |          
 2016-2017 Arizona Coyotes NHL 7 0 1 1 0 |          
  Erie Otters OHL 35 22 53 75 18 | Playoffs 22 14 20 34 14 
  Erie Otters M-Cup 5 7 4 11 8 |          
  Canada U20 WJC-20 7 3 7 10 0 |          
 2017-2018 Arizona Coyotes NHL 21 4 5 9 8 |          
  Tucson Roadrunners AHL 50 22 31 53 28 | Playoffs 9 3 5 8
 2018-2019 Arizona Coyotes NHL 20 3 3 6 6 |          
  Chicago Blackhawks NHL 58 17 34 51 14 |          
  Canada WC 10 1 4 5 2 |          
 2019-2020 Chicago Blackhawks NHL - - - - - |