In his short time with the Blackhawks since being traded, Dylan Strome has been absolutely thriving. Strome was traded to the Blackhawks on November 25th from the Arizona Coyotes with Brendan Perlini in exchange for Nick Schmaltz. Since the trade, Strome has played in 32 games and collected 11 goals and 19 assists. Things haven’t always been smooth sailing for the 21 year old centerman, but he’s found his place within the Chicago Blackhawks.
Before being traded to Chicago, Strome had a hard time finding his footing in Arizona’s organization. Strome was drafted 3rd overall in the 2015 to the Coyotes.
After finishing the OHL season with the Erie Otters back in 2016-2017, Strome played his first 7 NHL games with the Coyotes, snagging 1 assist. Strome also captained the Canadian team at the World Juniors that year as well as collecting 3 goals and 7 assists in 7 games.
The next season, Strome played 21 games with the Coyotes collecting 4 goals and 5 assists. He spent a lot of 2018-2018 season in the AHL with the Tucson Roadrunners, this time picking up 22 goals and 31 assists in 50 games.
To start this 2018-2019 season, Strome played in 20 games with just 3 goals and 3 assists with a -10 rating. Nothing felt like it was clicking in Arizona.
Finally, as we know, Strome was traded over to the Blackhawks on November 25th and he’s been absolutely off to the races since his first game here. Strome fits into the line up like a final missing puzzle piece. Coming onto the team, he already had experience with Alex DeBrincat, a small kid making a big name for himself in the Windy City. The two played as line mates in the OHL on the Otters and made magic on the ice.
Now, the magic still is pulsing throughout their line as they’re pulling in points left and right. For example, the line of DeBrincat, Strome, and Dominik Kahun collected 3 points during the Blackhawks 5-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings.
Strome has really flipped the switch om his season. In his 32 games with the Hawks, Strome has had 10 multipoint games. He’s been a key factor in the Hawks recent success, being the player that’s making passes and snagging takeaways that are causing goals and victories. The Hawks have been running on a 7 game win streak to which Strome has contributed 4 goals, 10 assists and averaging 16:16 minutes of ice time per game.
Moving forward, Strome is going to be a big part of the Hawks future success. This team is fighting for a playoff spot and having a player like Dylan Strome is important when it comes to getting victories and points. In the long run and where Strome is headed, this kid is going to have his name on the Stanley Cup (hopefully as a Blackhawks).
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