Ryan Strome obviously had a remarkable rookie year for Bridgeport, though you had to wonder whether voters planned to focus on that brilliance in a short period of time (crazy stat in tomorrow’s notebook; meanwhile, despite playing just 37 games, Strome’s still sixth among rookie scorers) or would reward those who’d been in the AHL most of the year.
They went with Strome over some of the other worthy candidates*. He’s the sixth Sound Tiger so honored, and if you trade either Wade Dubielewicz or Nathan Lawson for a left winger, you’ve got a full starting lineup, with Rhett Rakhshani on the right and Chris Campoli and Matt Donovan on the blue line.
Original Islanders draft pick Brenden Kichton was chosen on defense.
The ECHL announced at the same time, so it was a moment before we caught that Jeremy Langlois was chosen all-rookie there. The bulk of that honor was obviously earned before he was a Sound Tiger, playing for Evansville on assignment from Springfield. He does have four points in four Stockton games.
This morning’s practice — still a lot of systems, with so many new players — was a fairly small number for recent days, 12 forwards, seven D and three goalies. Johan Sundstrom was called back up for Cal Clutterbuck; Aaron Ness is back on the ice. Victor Crus Rydberg was out sick again; Scott Pellerin said the doctor wanted him to rest today and see how things went tomorrow.
*-FWIW, my vote for that spot was Providence’s Alexander Khokhlachev. League rules for the vote prohibit me from voting for Strome, so I didn’t take much time to debate his worthiness. I don’t think it’s unreasonable.