Blackhawks acquire Strome and Perlini

The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired Dylan Strome and Brendan Perlini from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for Nick Schmaltz.

All 3 players have struggled this year, in 20 games Strome has 6 points, in 22 games Perlini has 6 points and in 23 games Schmaltz has 11 points.

  1. It is very early to give up on Dylan Strome who picked #3 in the 2015 NHL Draft. Being picked behind McDavid and Eichel, then ahead of Marner comes with expectations that Strome hasn’t lived up to yet. That being said, he’s only played 48 NHL games on a non-playoff team and he had 53 points in 50 games in the AHL last season.
  2. Strome goes to Chicago and gets reunited with best friend Alex Debrincat who he played with for 3 seasons in Erie…. Debrincat had 50 goals in all 3.
  3. Brendan Perlini was the most noticeable Coyote in a 6-1 loss to Calgary on Sunday, he had 17 goals last season and was picked 12th overall in 2014. He has struggled this year but is only 22.
  4. Nick Schmaltz is currently the best player in this deal, he had 52 points last year but has struggled this year with only 2 goals. He’s also only 22.

My Take

I am not a fan of giving up on young players who have yet to be given a real opportunity. Strome was picked 3rd and has shown at every level that he can produce points, it just hasn’t been that way in his VERY young career. The Blackhawks also have a young Coach who might be able to help Strome unlike Rick Tocchet ever seemed to. Schmaltz and Perlini are both young players who were struggling this year and maybe a change of scenery will help them.


Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

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