Weight: 203 pounds
Date of birth: January 6, 1999
Hometown: Mississauga, Ontario
Position: Left Wing
OHL Draft: Round 1, 8th overall, 2015 Priority Selection
Hamilton Bulldogs power forward Matthew Strome is a graduate of the Toronto Marlboros Minor Midget AAA squad that he captained during the 2014-2015 season in which he scored 23 goals and added 37 assists in 64 games. The Bulldogs selected Strome with the eighth overall pick at the 2015 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection.
Strome made the Bulldogs’ roster a season ago and as the season progressed, he received top line minutes and top unit powerplay duties. As a rookie, he scored 16 goals and 22 assists in 61 games. He would also represent Canada at the World Hockey Challenge Under-17.
This season began in August for Strome as he once again represented Canada at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial scoring once in four games.
Strome is the younger brother of Ryan Strome of the New York Islanders (fifth overall in 2011 NHL Draft) and Dylan Strome of the Erie Otters (third overall by the Arizona Coyotes in 2015). And while the youngest of the three will get selected at the 2017 NHL Draft, he won’t be drafted as high. The lack of similarities doesn’t end there, but they do have some similar traits.
All three siblings arrived in the OHL with the same concern and issue: skating. Ryan and Dylan have made major strides, although for Matthew, it is still a work in progress. That’s not to say he hasn’t improved, he has, but he will need to continue to put in the work and the effort to get where he needs to be. Balance, speed and directionality are the things he can improve on and we are sure he will continue to put in the effort.
The most fitting one-word description for Strome is consistent. There are few players who are more consistent than Strome, not just from game-to-game but from shift-to-shift. He shows that consistency and effort on display not just in the offensive zone, but in all three zones.
Matthew plays a heavier game than his two older brothers. He moves into the hard areas with no hesitation and is always willing to take the hit to make the play. He moves to the front of the net to pounce on loose pucks, drives into corners on the forecheck with physicality and battles along the walls.
Matthew is also a highly intelligent player. He thinks the game at a high level and sees the ice extremely well and is an excellent playmaker. He will play with a shoot first mentality, but if he doesn’t see the shot, he almost always makes the right play for a better opportunity. When his teammates have possession, he’s very adept at putting himself in position and getting into lanes to receive a pass while eluding defenders.
While defending, Matthew reads and anticipates extremely well. He can react quickly to what is developing in front of him and can create turnovers, especially in the neutral zone. Occasionally, he misses on the back check but the effort is there. Once he improves his skating and speed, and if he maintains the effort, he will become more successful at it.
Once he fully develops, Matthew projects to have all the tools to become a solid two-way player at the next level.
Strome was ranked 19th among North American skaters on NHL central Scouting’s mid term rankings in January. On Bob McKenzie’s mid-term rankings, Strome was ranked 29th overall.
This is the profile page of Matthew Strome at Elite Prospects