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Prospect Report: Erie Otters advance to Memorial Cup

Arizona Coyotes prospect, captain Dylan Strome and the Erie Otters win J. Ross Roberston Cup

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Coyotes prospect Dylan Strome has done well since he was sent back to his OHL club in late November of 2016, after just 7 games in the NHL.

Strome’s regular season stats were right on pace with last season. He totaled 75 points, or 37 goals and 74 assists, in just 35 games with a faceoff win percentage of 60%. His most frequent wingers were Alex DeBrincat (Blackhawks 2016 second round draft pick and OHL points leader for both the regular season and playoffs), Taylor Raddysh (Lightning 2016 second round draft pick and second overall in points during the OHL regular season), Anthony Cirelli (Lightning 2015 third round draft pick and OHL playoffs goals leader), and Warren Foegele (Hurricanes 2014 third round pick and OHL playoffs MVP).

If those stats tell you anything, it shows how accomplished a center and playmaker Strome is turning into. While his personal stats are slightly skewed compared to his wingers and other centers in the league (due to his shortened OHL season from time spent in the NHL), Strome still finished second in points in the OHL playoffs, just four points behind his most consistent winger DeBrincat.

The final OHL playoff series against the Mississauga Steelheads was just another chapter in Dylan Strome’s already impressive story for the season. He had three assists in the final game on Friday night, one of which was on Cirelli’s game-winning overtime goal, and the Otters won 4-3. It took going to game five, but Erie won the series 4-1, ending the OHL playoffs with a 16-6 record to land the OHL J. Ross Robertson Cup and securing them a slot in the Memorial Cup. Strome finished the playoffs with 34 points, 14 goals and 20 assists in 22 games and a faceoff win percentage of 58%.

The Memorial Cup tournament begins on May 19th, with the final championship game scheduled for May 28th. The annual four-team, round-robin tournament is being hosted by the OHL Windsor Spitfires, who get an automatic buy-in for being the hosts, and the other three spots went to the best of each member of the Canadian Hockey Leagues: Erie Otters for the Ontario Hockey League, Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League, and the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

The Otters first game is set for Saturday afternoon on May 20th against the WHL’s Seattle Thunderbirds.