In a late Sunday night stunner, the Chicago Blackhawks announced they have acquired forwards Dylan Strome and Brendan Perlini from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for forward Nick Schmaltz.
The Hawks then sent center Luke Johnson to Rockford to make room for the extra forward coming back in the deal.
Strome, 21, was the third overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. He has three goals and three assists in 19 games this season with Arizona, and is winning 58 percent of his faceoffs. His contract has an AAV of $863,333 and is signed through the 2019-20 season. Strome is listed at 6-3 and 200 pounds.
In 2016-17, Strome put up 75 points in 35 games with the Erie Otters (OHL), where he was a linemate of Chicago’s Alex DeBrincat. DeBrincat posted 127 points in 63 games that season. Strome (111) and DeBrincat (101) both topped 100 points playing together with Erie the previous season.
Dylan Strome was on latest @spittinchiclets podcast and said Alex DeBrincat is his best friend. They were linemates in OHL and sit No. 1 and 2 on Erie Otters all-time points list (Strome 354, DeBrincat 332). #Blackhawks
— Charlie Roumeliotis (@CRoumeliotis) November 26, 2018
Perlini, 22, was the 12th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. He has two goals and four assists in 21 games this year with the Coyotes. He is listed at 6-3 and 211 pounts and his contract has an AAV of $863,333 and is signed through the 2018-19 campaign.
Schmaltz, 22, was the 20th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft and is set to be a restricted free agent after this season. After putting 52 points up last year, he has only registered 33 shots on net in 23 games this year.