ARLINGTON, V.A. — For Washington Capitals forward Dylan Strome, quick feet and fast decisions were vital at Wednesday’s morning skate, as he found himself in a new position on the power play.
Strome will operate the half wall on the man advantage in the Capitals’ preseason tilt against the Philadelphia Flyers as head coach Peter Laviolette experiments with the power play in training camp.
Strome is making his Capitals debut in Wednesday’s preseason tilt. Not only will he play on PP1, but he will also center first line with Joe Snively and Connor Brown. He and Brown played together in the OHL in Erie.
The power play will also feature Marcus Johansson down low, Brown in the bumper spot, Snively in the left circle and Bobby Nardella on the point.
Strome is entering his first year with Washington after inking a one-year deal with the team to open free agency. He is coming off a strong year with the Chicago Blackhawks that saw him average a career-high 17:26 minutes and dish 22 goals and 26 assists for 48 points in 69 games. Strome also had a lot of PP experience in Chicago.
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The Captials will look to Strome to help fill Nicklas Backstrom‘s void as No. 19 works through lengthy rehabilitation and attempts to return from hip resurfacing surgery. Strome will not only look to win a spot at the team’s second-line center, but will also help add to special teams with Backstrom out of the mix. On Tuesday, the 25-year-old was working with Alex Ovechkin, John Carlson, Evgeny Kuznetsov and T.J. Oshie on PP1, and he was playing down low. He will also get to show what he can do in No. 19’s position in game action on Wednesday.
Here are the lines for Wednesday’s preseason tilt against the Flyers:
Joe Snively-Dylan Strome-Connor Brown
Marcus Johansson-Aliaksei Protas-Mike Vecchione
Ludwig Persson-Henrik Borgstrom-Garnet Hathaway
Axel Jonsson-Fjallby-Henrik Rybinski-Kale Kessy
Lucas Johansen-Trevor van Riemsdyk
Gabriel Carlsson-Dylan McIlrath
Bobby Nardella-Matt Irwin
During the morning skate, Strome appeared confident running the play, moving the puck quickly, showing speed and creating time and space for himself with patience.