From the New York Islanders:
The American Hockey League announced today that former Bridgeport Sound Tigers and current New York Islanders forward Ryan Strome has been named to the 2013-14 All-Rookie Team. The All-Rookie Team was voted on by AHL coaches, players and media in each of the AHL’s 30 member cities.
Strome, 20, skated in 37 games with the Sound Tigers in 2013-14 and collected 49 points (13 goals, 36 assists). He began the season in the AHL and notched 33 points (nine goals, 24 assists) in 24 games before earning his first NHL recall on Dec. 11. At the time of his initial recall by the Islanders, Strome led all AHL rookies in scoring and was Top-5 in the league overall.
Strome was loaned back to the Sound Tigers on Jan. 15 and had 16 points (four goals, 12 assists in 13 more games with the Sound Tigers, Strome had 16 points. He was recalled once again on Feb. 24 and spent the remainder of the season with the Islanders. Though he appeared in just 37 AHL games this season, Strome’s 49 points currently rank him sixth among AHL rookies.
My take: Very well deserving and rightfully so. Strome has grown and progressed very nicely, and the Islanders have a winning record with him on the ice. The Islanders made the right choice in sending him back down for further development and not rushing him into the League this year, which will be a major benefit for Strome next season.
Sundstrom Recalled To Isles
My Take: I believe it was an injury to Cal Clutterbuck (I may have jinxed that one from my previous post here) that brings back Sundstrom, but I like the way he has played and the added experience with the big club can only be a benefit for both the organization and Sundstrom. However I would rather like to see Clutterbuck back on the ice.
Mayfield In The NHL
Please take a look at MSG’s video piece on Scott Mayfield as they discuss his development in Bridgeport and his time In the Islanders system here.
Montreal takes on the Isles tonight at 7:30 at the Bell Center. Isles fans may see different line combinations tonight, which will just make things more interesting as the Islanders continue to scout what they have and make preparations for the summer. Thomas Vanek will be playing against the Islanders tonight, but there shouldn’t be any ill will towards each other, and as of now, it appears Anders Nilsson will get the start for the Isles,