I was asked this morning what my thoughts on Ryan Strome were so far, and my answer was fairly simple http://condoqueens.ca/about-us “I don’t know”.
Through the preseason and the first 4 regular season games, he was incredibly vanilla, to put it in simple terms. Apart from a fight against Vancouver in the second game of the season, he really wasn’t doing anything and you couldn’t blame a casual fan for failing to notice him at all. click to find out more I didn’t even so much as see him take a hard stride or create a decent offensive chance during those opening four games.
That one argument that I heard over those first few games was,“well he isn’t screwing things up like Eberle would have” which is also true. He isn’t being dominated physically or turning over pucks at his own blue line, which is something Eberle was notorious for. Regardless, you’d like to see Strome at least push the pace a little more than he had to this point.
That changed last night against Carolina, as Strome was actually one of the better Oilers forwards in my eyes. He was bad in the first period, but the entire team was awful, so I write that off to some extent as it’s fairly hard to make an impact when everyone on the team is playing poorly. However, in the final 40 minutes, he fired six shots on goal, contributed a goal and an assist and also created a handful of other quality scoring chances.
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Strome hasn’t been impactful to this point, and his numbers reflect that. Although, it is important to remember that it’s a very small sample size for those more advanced numbers and a players linemates also have a large impact on those stats.
He has shot the puck more than I personally have noticed, and he’s only shooting at 6.7%, which is 2% lower than his career average. It’s completely fair to assume that the puck hasn’t bounced his way to some extent.
I’m starting to ramble a little, but my point is that I know lots of fans are frustrated with the Eberle for Strome deal because of the clear loss of raw skill. I think it’s important to preach patience and not form an opinion on the first five games of the season.
It may sound like I’m just drinking the Oilers kool-aid but remember back to Andrej Sekera’s first few months in an Oilers jersey. He was brutal. Immediately, most were screaming that he was an awful signing and couldn’t compete in a tougher Western Conference. Fast forward a few seasons later and the talk is how much the Oilers miss having him in the line-up as he’s become one of their most effective defenders.
I think sometimes we underestimate how tough it can be for a player, especially a young player, to adjust to a new team. Sometimes they can get so wrapped up in not making a mistake, that they come off as timid. That’s what I saw from Strome, but last night I saw flashes of his strong hockey sense and some offensive skill that should not be slept on.
Give Ryan Strome at least 20 games, preferably even more, before you write him off and bash Chiarelli for what you may feel is another awful trade.