They don't really need him to be, they just need him to be a #2 center behind Tavares, and I think he's got the potential to get there. 50-60 points a season, maybe a couple up in the 70s, but nothing that blows anyone away. On some teams, that'd be a #1 center, but I doubt it on the Isles.
That would probably be the most talented line in the NHL
Not after Wang is done screwing them up. He's already destroying Tavares' developmental years by forcing him to play with bottom 6 wings and one top 4 defenseman per shift, next he will rush Strome up before he is physically ready for the bigger bods, and Yak he will probably find out signed a contract with a KHL club for the next ten years.
Since foolishly rushing Bailey in 2008,which NYI prospect do you feel was rushed?
2009-Tavares made the team.De Haan was sent back to juniors and is in th AHL now.
2010-Nino went back to juniors,Kabanov went to juniors and Nelson to college.Nino is on the NYI roster this season.Many fans do think Nino should be back in juniors.
2011-Strome was sent back to juniors.Since he is physically small,I find it hard to believe he'd be kept over prospects who have added weight,developed wellsince being drafted like Kabanov/Ullstrom.
Maybe I shouldn't have used the word rushed, I feel mishandled would be the proper word for it. Nino in my opinion is being extremely mishandled this year, do you feel he is ready? Because I really don't, and it doesn't help that he is getting very limited ice time on the 3rd-4th line. He could be playing as the star for the Swiss at the WJC right now, and playing top line minutes for Portland right now. I wouldn't mind him staying in the NHL this season, but I feel he is not being given the proper ice time to rapidly develop.
He is really the biggest prospect that comes to my mind outside of Bailey, but he is a big kid and may end up alright, I just do not want to see Strome on this roster next season because in all likelihood he will still be too small and won't be 100% ready yet.