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NHL Rankings: 5 Western Conference Calder Candidates

By Matt Barbato
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Jun 26, 2015; Sunrise, FL, USA; Dylan Strome poses for a photo after being selected as the number three overall pick to the Arizona Coyotes in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

2. Dylan Strome, Arizona Coyotes 

The third-overall pick in the draft is one of the younger prospects in this draft class. Strome turned 18 last March, but don’t let his age deceive you when it comes to analyzing his talent. The center won the Ontario Hockey League’s scoring title after scoring 45 goals and tallying 84 assists for the Erie Otters last season. Unsurprisingly, the youngster set franchise records for assists and points in the process.

Strome also has hockey in his blood, evidently, as his older brother Ryan was drafted fifth overall by the New York Islanders in 2011.

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Strome possesses excellent skating ability and is a pure playmaker. Here’s what Marr wrote in his scouting report of Strome:

“He has that competitive edge and grittiness; he wants to succeed, wants the puck, wants to score and wants to win. He’s a skilled, driven player, a strong skater with the agility and reach that scouts love.”

Arizona needs some sort of excitement to keep the franchise in town. Strome is going to be a really exciting prospect for the Coyotes and can hopefully develop in their system.

Next: No. 1: Connor McDavid

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