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Dylan Strome’s NHL debut may have to wait

2015 NHL Draft - Portraits

SUNRISE, FL - JUNE 26: Third overall pick Dylan Strome of the Arizona Coyotes poses for a portrait during the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center on June 26, 2015 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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Dylan Strome made the opening-night roster, but it doesn’t sound like he’ll make his NHL debut when the Coyotes host Philadelphia in their season opener on Saturday.

Per Craig Morgan of Arizona Sports, Strome is likely to be a healthy scratch against the Flyers. The 19-year-old forward is understandably disappointed that he might not be playing, but says he’s still happy to be in the NHL and will just wait for his opportunity.

Strome, the third overall pick in the 2015 draft (after Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel), is still eligible to be sent back to his junior team in Erie. However, as a teenage CHL product, he cannot be assigned to the AHL.

In addition to Strome, the Coyotes’ roster features three other highly touted youngsters who have yet to play an NHL game: 20-year-old Christian Dvorak, 19-year-old Lawson Crouse, and 18-year-old Jakob Chychrun.

Dvorak, Crouse, and Chychrun could all play Saturday. The Coyotes’ second game goes Tuesday in Ottawa, the first stop of a six-game road trip.

Laurent Dauphin, in case you’re wondering, is a 21-year-old center who spent most of last season in the AHL, but got into eight games for the Coyotes (1G, 0A).