Saturday, November 07, 2015

Isles Demote Strome

I think it's fair to say that not a lot of people saw this move coming, but with a lack of production and a couple healthy scratches to his name, Ryan Strome's demotion to Bridgeport of the AHL is only a slight surprise at the end of the day.

In 12 games this season, Strome has only contributed 1 goal and 4 assists with the Islanders and the team was expecting some big things out of him, as he was starting the year on the same line as John Tavares.  He has since bounced in and out of the lineup, up and down the depth chart and now it has come down to the final straw, trying to find some confidence in the AHL.

There is no indication about how long the Islanders will want him to be down there, but it will likely be however long he needs to find that scoring touch again.

In the pool this year, Strome was a 6th round pick for Clayton, one of the higher picks to fall into the minors that we've seen in the last few years.  Having players sent to the AHL isn't a new thing, lots of gambles are taken with the later rounds, some of which don't pay off, but a mid-round draft pick is a lot less likely to go down.

Clayton's team goes into Saturday night in 11th place and now down a couple forwards, as Jaden Schwartz in St. Louis is also hurt for him long-term.  Clayton's team only has 15 projected games left in the week, which isn't a pool-low, but his team won't be finding the money spots with only that many games for the rest of the week.

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