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ST. Jimmy Conzelman Jersey . CATHARINES, Ont. - Dylan Strome is Connor McDavids teammate and the No. 2 centre for the Erie Otters. Hes also the No. 2 scorer in the Ontario Hockey League.Hes not chopped liver, Otters owner and general manager Sherry Bassin said in a recent interview. Everybody is talking about this other guy, and hes fine with it. ... He never talks about himself, he does his talking on the ice.Already the younger brother of 2011 No. 5 pick Ryan Strome, Dylan doesnt mind McDavids shadow and is building an impressive resume in his own right. Strome is expected to follow McDavid up to the stage on NHL draft day this June as a potential top-10 pick.Listed seventh on International Scouting Services mid-season rankings, Strome is one of 40 players in St. Catharines, Ont., this week for Thursday nights CHL top prospects game. Behind McDavid, Boston University centre Jack Eichel and Boston College defenceman Noah Hanifin, Strome is competing with fellow top prospects Lawson Crouse and Mitchell Marner for a top-five spot.I like Strome: Hes got a lot of offensive upside to his game, good size, lots of potential for down the road, ISS Hockey scouting director Dennis MacInnis said. The one thing hes got to work on is his skating because its not explosive. Hes very dangerous on the power play, but hes got to work on his skating.Strome knows skating is his biggest deficiency and is working tirelessly to improve it. Over the past four summers the Mississauga, Ont., native trained with former Toronto Maple Leafs skating coach Dawn Braid a couple of times a week.Braid, who previously worked with Ryan Strome and now-New York Islanders teammate John Tavares, said Dylan has improved remarkably from when he started training with her at age 13.Dylan was doing a lot of growing from when he first started, Braid said in a phone interview Tuesday. In combination with his work ethic off the ice getting stronger, thats obviously helped. Hes still young and from my experience working with players, even if you take his brother Ryan or you take John Tavares, when they were 18, 19, they still were like where Dylan is today.In other words, a work in progress. During the OHL season, Strome tries to copy the principles Braid teaches over to every drill in practice.Its kind of just remembering what she taught me in the summer and constantly reminding myself what she told me, like where I move my arms and the position of my stride, Strome said earlier this season. If you can remember that, youre going to generally get faster.Dylan said brother Ryan, whos in his first full NHL season with the Islanders after playing 37 games last year, is definitely faster. But hes also four years older.At the next level, I need to get a lot faster, Strome said. Obviously strength, that comes with time and throughout the summers and stuff. But I think my speed definitely needs to get better if I ever want to play at the next level.Erie coach Kris Knoblauch sees skating as the only real weak part of Stromes game. And he doesnt consider it a problem that will linger for much longer.I think hes got a stride that just is continually going to get better, Knoblauch said. Hes one of those guys whos 17, hes a tall, gangly guy, but as he gets stronger I think hes going to be an excellent all-around skater.Strome is already a dominant, point-producing junior hockey player. His 80 points on 28 goals and 52 assists are second in the OHL to Marner of the London Knights, and he helped keep the Otters afloat when McDavid missed time with a broken right hand and then the world juniors.Its nice to see him coming along, said Braid, who believes Strome has developed better body control, posture and skating on his edges. We always knew he was a talented player and sometimes they were questioning his skating. And I think over the next few years, if Dylan sticks with it, when that strength side of it comes in, when he matures physically, I think the games will be huge.If Strome ever needs motivation to keep working harder with Braid on his skating, he can look at what Tavares accomplished.It definitely gives you a confidence boost when you see a guy that wasnt maybe the greatest skater at the minor-midget level and the first year in the OHL become one of the most dominant skaters in the NHL, Strome said Tuesday at Meridian Centre in St. Catharines. Thats what he is now. In my eyes hes one of the best skaters in the league.Strome flourishes on the power play and at even strength. Basically anywhere he can find teammates for goals.I love having the puck on my stick, and I love dishing for chances and I love creating opportunities, he said.Most offensive-minded players do. But the six-foot-three 187-pounder looks like he could round into a prototypical NHL centre. Knoblauch said he believes Strome can be a top-two centre at that level.Hes incredibly smart, hes very competitive, Knoblauch said. Hes naturally more of a playmaker than a goal-scorer, not that he cant score goals, but hes excellent setting up his teammates.So excellent that he could tie or surpass his brother as the highest draft pick in his family. Dylan and Ryan rib each other about that, but an older brothers advice in a draft year is a little more serious.Ryan Strome has told Dylan to stay even-keeled amid the uncertainty.He tells me ... Its a long season, its a long next couple years. You dont know whats going to happen. Its a long summer, its a long winter, Dylan Strome said. He just said if you play your hardest every game, someones going to like you in the draft.___Follow @SWhyno on Twitter Eddie Goldman Jersey . With the results, North America claimed 2.5 of the three available points, opening up a 17.5-12.5 lead in the overall standings. A total of 60 points are available, meaning the first team to 30.5 points will win the Continental Cup. Bill George Jersey . He was attracted by the punishing defence, the strong running game and a coaching staff he trusted. The 49ers announced Thursday that Manningham had signed a two-year deal to join the team he helped knock out in the NFC championship game two months ago in their latest offensive upgrade at wide receiver. http://www.custombearsjersey.com/custom-charles-leno-jr-jersey-large-2876t.html . Left-handed reliever Boone Logan agreed to a $16.5 million, three-year contract on Friday, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.PHILADELPHIA - Brett Lawrie is considered day-to-day with tightness in his right hamstring, an appropriate prognosis given that its the daily grind of baseball thats forcing him to take a seat. The hamstring cant heal if Lawries placing athletic demands on it every day. "Its the same as it has been," said Lawrie. "Ive been playing with this the past road trip since Kansas City and whatnot. I need to give it a little bit of time; I need to give it a couple of days. I tried to play with it and I can play with it, its just that Im not playing the way I would like to play." His leg didnt give out on him. Lawrie saw a doctor at Citizens Bank Park after leaving Mondays 3-0 win over the Phillies in the fourth inning. The hamstring needs a couple of days to, as Lawrie put it, "settle down." "We only have one off day this May and thats tough just to continuously go day after day after day on something like a hamstring," he said. "Theres no recovery time so I need some recovery time to allow it to get better. Id rather take a couple of days rather than do something really terrible and take myself out for a month and a half because obviously hamstrings are just nothing to mess around with." Lawrie has a history of muscle-related injuries, most notably his oblique problems which cost him time in each of the last two seasons. He sat out the second game of last weeks series in Kansas City with tightness in his back and often times, after games, hes essentially mummified in elastic bandages holding down ice on various parts of his body. Ive hit a point where I cant keep doing this every single day," said Lawrie. "In every game that Ive played in the last little bit it has been little things that have just grabbed on me and almost resets it a little bit and just kind of says this is how its going to be, its not better yet. That just says to me, as much as it sucks and I can play, I just cant do it the way that I want to so Id rather take a couple of days rather than do something really bad." Lawrie went 0-2 on Monday before leaving the game. He had been heating up offensively after a slow start, having had a seven-game hitting streak snapped and with mmulti-hit efforts in seven of his last 11 games. Charles Tillman Jersey. NAVARRO NEARING RETURN Dioner Navarro pinch hit in Sundays game against the Pirates and singled. To say he moved gingerly toward first base is an understatement. Navarro was being careful with his sore right quadriceps muscle. Dont read anything into the visual. "Probably if I hit a groundball somewhere I would have gone a little bit faster but I knew I wasnt going to get to second so might as well take an extra day, it felt like I didnt do anything (Sunday)," said Navarro. "It wasnt that bad. I know it looked bad on TV but it wasnt that bad. I knew the ball was over the third basemans head, the run scored, the guy was going to get to third." Navarro left Thursday nights game in the eighth inning after aggravating his quad running the bases. Hes had hamstring problems in the past but never an issue with his quads. "We did a whole bunch of stuff, squat stuff, mobility stuff, side-to-side stuff, backward, forward, it felt great," he said. The biggest test is when we go out there and start running and see how it feels." Navarro didnt rule out a return on Wednesday, when the Blue Jays play host to the Phillies. LIND GETTING CLOSE Adam Lind, rehabbing a sore back, went 3-5 with two doubles and two runs scored for Single-A Dunedin on Monday. Lind, who went on the disabled list on April 16, could be back as soon as Wednesday nights game against the Phillies in Toronto. JANSSEN TOSSES SCORELESS FRAME Casey Janssen pitched a scoreless inning, allowing two hits, in Double-A New Hampshires Monday night game against Binghamton. It marked Janssens first appearance in his second attempt at a rehabilitation assignment coming off a strained left oblique. Janssens return isnt imminent. Hell pitch in back to back games later this week and the plan, at the moment, is for Janssen to take as much time as he needs. Remember, not only has Janssen been mostly down since suffering the oblique injury at the end of March, stiffness in the back of his shoulder limited Janssen to just three spring training appearances. He hasnt thrown much and is still in the process of regaining strength in his pitching arm. ' ' '

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