The New York Islanders, fighting for their playoff lives, will be without one of their best young players for several weeks. Forward Ryan Strome injured his right wrist in Wednesday’s game against the New York Rangers. Newsday is reporting that the wrist is broken and that he will miss the rest of the regular season, and potentially part of the playoffs. The injury is expected to keep him out for three-to-six weeks.
Ryan Strome Has Broken Wrist
After starting the season slowly, Strome has really taken off since the Islanders fired coach Jack Capuano and replaced him with Doug Weight. He now has 13 goals and 17 assists for 30 points in 69 games this season. This change has brought back memories of his best season, which came back in the 2014-15 season when he was able to score 17 goals and add 33 assists for an impressive 50 points in his first full season in the NHL with the Isles.
Strome is undoubtedly a very promising young player, and his improved play in the second half has coincided with the Islanders improved play and their march up the standings. the Islanders are currently battling the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. This is a big loss for a team who is in a must win situation, nearly every night.
Strome has spent his entire career with the Islanders. He was taken with the 5th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Strome is currently on a two-year, $5 million contract given to him after the 2015-16 season. He will become a restricted free agent after the conclusion of the 2017-18 season. His contract carries a salary of $2 million this year and $3 million next year, for an annual cap hit of $2.5 million.