Niagara IceDogs forward Ryan Strome has been named OHL Player of the Month for January, after leading the OHL in points for the month with four goals and a remarkable 22 assists for 26 points in only 13 games. Strome’s 22 assists alone equaled the point total of the OHL’s second leading scorer in the month of January.
He recorded points in 11 of his 13 games played with 10 multi-point performances leading the IceDogs to a 9-2-0-2 record. He also accumulated five three point games in those thirteen games.
On top of his play with the IceDogs during the month, Strome was also a part of the Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game held in Toronto on the 18th and 19th, as he suited up for Team Cherry. While Strome was held pointless in the game, he was mentioned as one of Team Cherry’s best players in their 7-1 loss to IceDogs teammate Dougie Hamilton and Team Orr. Eligible for the upcoming 2011 NHL Draft, Strome has seen his stock sky rocket this season, to the point where he is now being mentioned as a potential top 10 or even top 5 pick in the draft.
January was the strongest month to date in what has been a tremendous breakout second season for the draft eligible forward who is seeing his draft stock rise greatly as the season goes along. With his performance during the past month, Strome has moved into second in league scoring with 26 goals and 55 assists for 81 points in only 49 games played. The 81 points also makes Strome the highest scoring draft eligible player in the entire CHL.
The Mississauga native has already easily surpassed all his totals from last season, with his 26 points in the month of January alone coming up only a point shy of his solid rookie campaign that saw him pick up eight goals and nineteen assists for 27 points in 61 games split between the Barrie Colts and the IceDogs.
Acquired as one of the main pieces in the Alex Pietrangelo trade with Barrie last January, Strome has seen the IceDogs improve drastically from a year ago, with Niagara climbing into the CHL Top 10 rankings with the second best record in the OHL, after finishing seventh in the Eastern Conference a year ago. The 70 points with nineteen games still remaining already give the IceDogs ten more points than they had all of last season and Strome’s play is one of the top reasons why.
The IceDogs would like to congratulate Ryan on his being named OHL Player of the month and we look forward to his continued success as we make our pushed towards the playoffs.