The Philadelphia Flyers signed forward Matthew Strome to a three-year, entry-level deal, later on Thursday evening. The announcement came just two days after the NHL team signed another forward to an entry-level contract on Tuesday, as they signed forward Maksim Sushko to begin 2018-19 season.
With this signing, five of the Flyers’ eight picks from the 2017 draft have been signed to contracts: Nolan Patrick, Morgan Frost, Isaac Ratcliffe, and Sushko. Fellow fourth-rounder Strome had yet to receive a contract, and the Flyers made sure to rectify that on Thursday.
The 18-year old from Mississauga is having a career year with 37-goals and 31-assists good for 68-points with the Hamilton Bulldogs in the Ontario Hockey League. Strome has also scored 12 power-play goals and six-game winning goals. He was selected in the fourth round (106th overall) of the 2017 NHL Draft.
As for his fellow fourth-rounder, Sushko took a notable step forward in his second season with the Owen Sound Attack this year, having posted 30 goals and 25 assists in 57 games so far this season - all new career highs for the forward. He also leads the team with five game-winning goals this campaign.
Sushko also was named to Belarus’ Under 20 World Juniors team this past December and January for the yearly tournament. While he won’t get a chance to come back next year since Belarus was relegated from the tournament’s top tier this year, Sushko served as the team's captain and tallied two goals and six assists for a total of eight points in six games for Belarus. He also averaged nearly 24 minutes of time on ice (23:56), leading all Belarus forwards.
While Sushko is not expected to make the Flyers next year and will presumably be sent back to the Ontario Hockey League, he is on pace to start playing at the pro level in the 2019-20 season. He did take part in the Flyers and New York Islanders rookie game at the Wells Fargo Center earlier this season, where he played wing on a line with Nolan Patrick and Connor Bunnaman.
As for Strome who is currently in his third season with Hamilton, he has career marks of 87 goals and 81 assists for 168 points in 191 regular season games overall.
The kid comes from a hockey family with brothers Ryan (Edmonton) and Dylan (Arizona) drafted and currently in the NHL.
The future looks bright in Philly, wouldn't you say?