The Washington Capitals will now have two Strome brothers involved in the organization, as the team’s AHL-affiliate Hershey Bears inked Matthew Strome to a one-year AHL deal on Thursday.
Strome is the younger brother of new Capitals forward Dylan Strome. They are both also related to Ryan Strome, the eldest of the three. All of the brothers have now signed with new clubs this offseason, as Dylan inked a one-year, $3.5 million deal with Washington and Ryan signed a five-year, $25 million contract in Anaheim.
Matthew went to the Philadelphia Flyers in the fourth round of the 2017 NHL Draft and inked a three-year, entry-level deal with the club in 2018. His deal expired this summer, and after not receiving a qualifying offer, he hit free agency.
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The 6-4, 210-pound winger is a gritty forward who battles hard at both ends and gets to those dirty, high-danger areas. Combine that with quick hands, a good shot and a high hockey IQ, Matthew provides a lot when it comes to taking care of the puck and being an asset on special teams. However, he still has work to do with his skating.
The 23-year-old spent the majority of the season with the Flyers’ AHL-affiliate Lehigh Valley Phantoms, where he dished five goals and 11 assists in 63 games. He also played in six ECHL games with the Reading Royals, where he had three goals and four assists.
In a total of 91 AHL games, Strome has collected eight goals and 15 assists for 23 points. And, in 57 total ECHL games, he has 34 points (15 goals, 19 assists).
Matthew will add a lot to the Bears, who are a deep team and have several top Capitals prospects expected to get playing time this season, including Hendrix Lapierre and Vincent Iorio.