Nick Schmaltz Sent to The Desert

Last night, the Chicago Blackhawks traded Nick Schmaltz for Dylan Storme and Brendan Perlini. Schmaltz is not only a fan favorite in Chicago, he’s a productive player. Schmaltz was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks, 20th overall back in 2014, and ever since he’s been a reliable player for the Hawks. Schmaltz played in 23 games to start this season, collecting 2 goals and 9 assists. Schmaltz played well with Patrick Kane, getting 4 of his assists off Kaner’s goals.

This loss is fueling the fire regarding Stan Bowman’s competence as GM. This fire has been building for quite sometime, following trades that have lost valuable players such as Niklas Hjalmarson, Artemi Panarin, and Vinnie Hinostroza. Earlier this season Stan fired Head Coach Joel Quenneville which caused major backlash. Now with the trading on Schmaltz, tempers are flaring once again. The bright side of this trade, the Hawks got valuable players in return.

Dylan Storme

Dylan Storme was drafted 3rd overall by the Arizona Coyotes back in 2015. In the three years Storme has been in the NHL, he’s only played 48 games total. So far this season Storme has 3 goals and 3 assists in 20 games, all three of his goals were scored on the Power Play. With a -10, Storme averages 13:32 minutes on the ice every game. As a centerman, Storme wins face offs 58% on the time. Storme is a larger guy, 6’3″ and 201 lbs, but he still has the speed of smaller and lighter players.

Storme did play on the same line with Alex DeBrincat while on the Erie Otters. In highlight reels you can see the number 19 (Storme) and 12 (DeBrincat) are always tied together, snagging an assist off each other’s goals.

Brendan Perlini

Brendan Perlini¬†was drafted the same year as Nick Schmaltz, 12th overall to Arizona. Perlini is a left winger, 6’3″ (another tall guy) and 211 lbs, and he’s another player who is speedy for his size. Perlini has played in 153 games in his 3 year NHL career, scoring 33 goals and 24 assists. This season, Perlini has scored 2 goals, both of which are two power play goals like Strome’s, and 4 assists. He’s currently sitting at a -5 with 13:41 average minutes on the ice every game.

Brendan Perlini is a driven player. He’s hungry to score more goals and keep producing for his team. He’s a young player with a lot of potential to grow as a player and help fill in the gaps for the Blackhawks.

Overall, this trade could have been a lot worse. In exchange for Schmaltz, the Blackhawks got two players who are young and still learning. The Hawks power play have been struggling but these two kids will be able to help us out, considering that the 5 goals between them were all on the power play.

This morning, Storme and Perlini joined the Blackhawks for their first practice. The boys were greeted by stick taps on the ice.

Featured Image: Chicago Tribune

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