Hockey Canada released their roster for the 2019 IIHF Men’s World Championships on Monday morning, and only one question comes to mind after glancing at the players who were given the National nod…
Remember when everyone was calling Dylan Strome a bust six months ago?
Coming off an incredible season where he posted a doubt-shattering 57 points, Strome is the only member of the Blackhawks to be named to Team Canada. He’ll be in the company of several teammates – though wearing different colors – when the tournament opens May 10th in Slovakia. Alex DeBrincat, Patrick Kane (both USA), and Henri Jokiharju (Finland) will also be competing.
Being named to Team Canada brings the narrative of Strome’s career-changing season full circle. After three prospect and main camps with the Coyotes, two of which resulted in releases to the OHL’s Erie Otters, and a stint with Arizona’s AHL affiliate, the Tucson Roadrunners, Strome was basically written off as a number of things; a bust, a “wasted third-overall pick,” and a slew of tweets by frustrated Coyotes fans saying they should’ve taken Marner instead.
Coming to Chicago reignited the spark that scouts saw in Strome when they first ranked him and having DeBrincat and their already-developed chemistry to greet him didn’t hurt.
Strome is no stranger to success on the international stage.
At 16 years old, he won a gold medal as a member of Team Canada for the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.
Shortly after being drafted third overall by the Arizona Coyotes, he was named to Team Canada for the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championships, where he and fellow top-five pick Mitch Marner tied for the lead in team scoring, the reaching the quarter-finals before being ousted by host Finland.
The most recent, and arguably most notable appearance by Strome on the international level was the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, where he captained his team to a silver medal.
— Team Canada Men (@HC_Men) December 19, 2016
Blackhawks fans, buckle up. You thought you were impressed by Strome’s regular season play? You might want to set some early alarms to catch these games in Finland, I promise they’ll be worth it.
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