Fans and pundits have been so quick to determine what went wrong with the Edmonton Oilers this past season that it seems to have push players to seek answers and solutions everywhere possible.
It appears to be the case of forward Ryan Strome, who is seeking help of a medical specialist this summer. Strome is working on his vision this offseason in hopes of having better results in his second season with the Oilers. There has been a lot of pressure on Strome, since he was traded to Edmonton last summer. The young forward tallied 13 goals and 34 points with the Oilers last season after being acquired for Jordan Eberle, but he revealed on Monday his sight has been an issue during his playing career.
“I’ve actually started doing a little bit of vision training,” Strome told 630 CHED’s Oilers Now. “I’ve always kind of had an eye that doesn’t see as well as the other, so I’ve tried a different approach.
“I’m seeing a specialist in Toronto to try and make my eyes work together.”
The 24-year-old signed a two-year contract with the Oilers last week; it is a good sign for management and the fanbase to see him get very serious in his offseason training to be back and ready for his second year in Edmonton. According to the information provided by Cap Friendly, 'with only four accrued seasons under his belt, Strome will still still be a Restricted Free Agent when his new deal expires in two years." The Oilers there proved to be committed to Strome despite the unfair comparisons to Eberle.
The extra help from the vision specialist could definitely bring Strome's game to the next level, putting an end to all of the comparisons.
Strome posted a career-high 17 goals and 50 points during the 2014-15 season with the New York Islanders but has failed to top 13 goals since.
“Theoretically the idea is to instead of kind of be guessing where the puck could be by your vision not being up to par,” Strome added. “Hopefully it can make things a little bit easier and your instincts can take over and your brain knows what you’re doing.”
So far, Strome has 58 goals and 160 points in his 340-game NHL career, and let's hope this new approach pushes these numbers to new heights.