A truthful quote from Ryan Strome


I always find it fascinating when you have a player, who doesn’t take any credit for having a good game.

Take Ryan Strome for example. With his first two goals including the game-winner during the last minute of a superb first period of the Rangers’ nice 6-2 win over the Sabres, the game’s number one star didn’t overreact to it. He’s a very even keel and hard working player, who deserves more attention for a good start that’s seen him put up six points (2-4-6) in the team’s first eight games.

The former Islanders fifth overall pick seems to have found something since coming over from Edmonton last season for Ryan Spooner. After putting up solid numbers in a secondary role, he’s continuing to make plays in a contract year as a Group II free agent.

Not only that. He also seems to have a good perspective on things. Here’s a good quote from Strome on last night’s victory that ended a five-game losing skid (0-4-1).

“The most important thing is guys know their identity, guys know who they are. No matter what line you’re playing on, if you bring to the table what you were brought here for, I think we’ll be successful.”

If the rest of the players have that approach, then it should bode well moving forward. Good on Strome for being humble as well as truthful.

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of New York administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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