Where Will Dylan Strome Play This Season?

Based on the players the Blackhawks have available and those they added this summer, it appears Dylan Strome’s time with the Chicago Blackhawks may not be long.

Strome, 24, was the third overall pick by Arizona in the 2015 NHL Draft. The Blackhawks acquired him from the Coyotes with Brendan Perlini for Nick Schmaltz in 2018. When he arrived in Chicago and got on a line with his former junior teammate Alex DeBrincat, Strome blew up; he scored 17 times and added 34 assists in 58 games.

Strome struggled last year, scoring nine goals with eight assists in 40 games. But he’s still young, only has a $3 million cap hit and — perhaps most importantly — will be a restricted free agent after the 2021-22 season.

Which begs the question: where will Strome end up this season?

One good bet could be the Ottawa Senators.

Ottawa has three things that make a deal work: cap space, draft capital and a desperate need.

Need: when the Senators announced Colin White was going to miss a big part of the 2021-22 season yesterday because of shoulder surgery, that opened up an immediate hole at center for the Sens. Ottawa’s front office has been vocal about this being a year the team takes a step away from the top of the NHL Draft, so replacing White would figure to be something they look to do soon.

Cap Space: according to CapFriendly, the Sens have a little more than $20 million in available cap space. That easily fits Strome’s $3 million cap hit.

Draft Capital: the Senators currently have 11 picks in the 2022 NHL Draft. Here’s what they have by round:

  • First: Ottawa
  • Second: Ottawa, Tampa
  • Third: Ottawa, Vancouver, Boston
  • Fifth: Ottawa
  • Sixth: Ottawa
  • Seventh: Ottawa, San Jose, New York Islanders

How about Strome for one of those third round picks? Sign me up!

42 thoughts on “Where Will Dylan Strome Play This Season?

  • October 8, 2021 at 1:37 pm

    Great series of articles this werk Tab. That would be the best answer for all things concerned, a fresh chance for Strome to find a home in Ottawa to start the year.

  • October 8, 2021 at 2:16 pm

    Well if they don’t want him you may as well get something for him. Maybe they can throw in Nylander and get a NHL defenseman. How about Buffalo??? Strome and Nylander for Joki??

  • October 8, 2021 at 3:57 pm

    Ok, I am standing behind chicken wire just like the Blues Brothers were when they were singing. How about we put Strome between DCat and Kane….. He’s 6’3 200+lbs. Like Tab said had a good year reunited with his buddy. He’s winning more face offs. If he can play a little more of a 200ft game and throw his weight around more would be nice. Thinking 20 to 25 goals 40 to 50 apples in a full year.

    Rollin Rollin Rollin Keep them doggies rollin

  • October 8, 2021 at 4:30 pm

    JR he may be 6’3″ 200lbs but Cat and T. Johnson play bigger heavier game than he does. Teams figure out to easy how to shut them down. Maybe throw them out after a penalty kill when opposing teams top players need a breather or something like that if Strome still around but not as permanent line.

  • October 8, 2021 at 5:11 pm

    Yes… is the short answer

    Where? May take some time and long pondering.

  • October 8, 2021 at 7:12 pm

    Strome for Ottawa’s 2nd in 2022 works for me

    But something tells me he doesn’t get traded until TDL

  • October 8, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    How ’bout we get a veteran coach to kick Strome’s butt and get 55 points out of him. No 3rd Round Pick will provide that production and, if it does, it won’t happen until Toews and Kane are too old. Re-unite Debrincat and Strome. Kane can play with anybody and score.

  • October 8, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    Brad Allen, I’m with you.

  • October 9, 2021 at 5:45 am

    Soderblom shutout in 1st preseason game and 1 goal in half a game ladt night, promising start. Commesso making hi-lite reel for BU, looking good too. Let Strome play in place saver spot, move him when Reichel ready and maybe up his value, re-unite Hagel and Reichel from camp. Same lines as other post.

    Cat. Dach. Kane
    Kub. Toews. Kurashev
    Hagel. Strome. Borgstrom
    Entwistle. T. Johnson. Gaudette
    Carp. Khaira
    Both give C depth or wing

  • October 9, 2021 at 6:41 am

    It’ll be telling of what JC is thinking when he rolls out his line up for tonight’s game

    Maybe Strome gets some better linemates to show some reason to keep him in the line up

  • October 9, 2021 at 11:34 am

    Kubalik Toews Kane
    DCat Strome Dach
    Hagel Johnson Kurashev
    Khaira Borgstrom Gaudette

    Entwistle Hardman Nylander Carp at the ready

    Move up Johnson and Borgstrom and insert Entwistle if Strome not panning out. Even put Entwistle with Hagel.

  • October 9, 2021 at 11:47 am

    Looking like Gaudette and Nylander might not be part of opening night roster.

  • October 9, 2021 at 3:37 pm

    If you can put Nylander with Kane you certainly can put Strome with 88 and I guarantee you’d get more production with Strome if you leave him alone and just let him play. He will mix it up in front of the net and that’s what you need with the Cat and 88.

  • October 9, 2021 at 5:18 pm

    Ian – are you thinking Gaudette is going on waivers or just a healthy scratch

    The latter I can see if Entwistle makes the team the former I don’t see happening

    IMO it’s more likely that Entwistle goes to RKF than Gaudette gets waived

    We’ll see

  • October 9, 2021 at 5:19 pm

    Nylander not playing tonight – pretty sure he’s going on waivers

  • October 9, 2021 at 5:42 pm

    Wrap hard to say for sure but did you see Collitons comment when he said something like, its not like this is a last chance to make the team. He said this is the group they want to see what they look like. Makes it sound like it could be that Gaudette is odd man out.

  • October 9, 2021 at 6:00 pm

    Ian – yep I saw that – I think the implication is that he could be a 13-14th FW rather than off the roster entirely

    He’s played well enough to make the team whether he starts opening night or not IMO

  • October 9, 2021 at 6:14 pm

    I think depends of they want to go with 13 or 14 fwds.

  • October 10, 2021 at 12:07 am

    Nice tidy win for the Hawks – MIN had 6 shots after first period

    Seth had his best game – not sold on Mitchell as #6 maybe Galvas will get a shot to start

    Borgstrom looked good again even better in fact

    Strome actually had a good game and looked like he belongs in the top 12 if he can keep it up – that probably means Entwistle starts in RKF – Hagel has to slot back in and there’s no point having Entwistle as #13 fw

    I know it’s preseason but the way they played the last 2 periods is a style that will get you in the playoffs

    Let the games begin

  • October 10, 2021 at 1:08 am

    I missed the first 5-10 minutes so I got to see the Hawks’ best 50 minutes of the preseason. It was nice and a great sendoff into the regular season. It was nice to see Seth look like a #1D. It was nice to see Strome play well again. It was nice to see … well, it’s a pretty long list.

    The biggest question I have is where to insert Hagel back into the lineup and who comes out? I would take Entwistle out but I wouldn’t put Hagel on the 4th line so who does the lineup shake out? Actually I would put Gaudette in and take Carpenter too.

    I think I would give this lineup a try:


  • October 10, 2021 at 6:47 am

    Thought Entwistle looked like he belonged. When struggling early that line with a few good shifts calmed them down. Won 6 of 10 fos and was only one winning any early on.

    Be a lot of juggling going on today and tomorrow, Regula to non roster ir, won’t count against cap. Delia and Subban waived, with Nylander at least waived and maybe Gaudette. Probably see some paper moves as maybe both Kalynuk and Jones on ltir to open season and Mitchell gives 6 healthy and Galvas recalled after Tuesday. Shaw on ltir Tuesday and maybe down to 12 fwds, then recall someone in his spot after Tuesday. Maybe another approach is used to, be interesting couple of days of off ice manuevering.

  • October 10, 2021 at 7:18 am

    Seems to be a pretty consistent statement on this blog…… Strome had a good game again. Maybe Strome’s value is a little higher than 3d round picks.

  • October 10, 2021 at 8:02 am

    Eb Rap, I think putting Strome on the fourth line is counter productive. With his offense he is good at setting people up. Keep him with DCat. DCat Strome TJ. Having both Kane and Toews setting up Kubalik would be good as well. Puck digger, JT- TJ, puck setter Kane-Strome, puck shooter Kubalik-DCat on each line.

    You can have that on the next line with Hagel Dach Kurashev. The fourth with Khaira Gaudette Borgstrom.

  • October 10, 2021 at 8:04 am

    keepin all these guys– will give hawks a very deep forward group,,, w ability to deal with –most injuries during season and “different” styles of opponent’s play. Can go bigger/heavy lineup or more speed/youth.

    also- added incentive of bringing your A game- or sitting for several games for guys like Strome, Khaira, Borgstrom etc

    if/when – a great deal arrives for Strome OR someone plays his way into “keeper” status- SB will only have more leverage for future needs.

  • October 10, 2021 at 8:05 am

    I think Strome starts as 4C and can be moved up in game as required or if he falls back to his old habits then he can sit

    I also have a hard time seeing Kane’s line staying intact for long term but it seems that JC is determined to start the season that way – maybe TJ eventually ends up as 4C and Strome up in top 9

    Point being there are a lot of options if Strome continues to play well

    Entwistle may end up an everyday player in CHI by year end but I think he starts in RKF perhaps undeservedly so but it’s partly a numbers game and he’s young – his turn will come and if the fourth line without him falters he can be recalled

  • October 10, 2021 at 8:27 am

    Nice game last night . Toews looks great and I have to admit that I am impress so far because I thought he lost ( le feu sacré) .
    The year without playing probably help him a lot mentally and physically.
    Iff he become the player he was 4-5 years ago with around 17-19 min / game it will be great .
    Love my Hawks

  • October 10, 2021 at 9:08 am

    That Dach Strome Borg line was very good last night – I wonder if they stay together and Hagel slots in our 4th line with K and C

  • October 10, 2021 at 10:12 am

    Nice win for the hawks last night.
    Still would prefer strome traded but him Dach and Borgstrom played well last night together. Big and long.

    Borgstrom/Dach/Strome? Would prefer Hagel

    13 forwards

    How about we trade Nylander to Vancouver for juolevi and a late pick

    With Jones and Kalynuk out for a few weeks let Mitchell play big minutes in Rockford.

    de Hann/Jones
    Juolevi for the first few weeks then waiver fodder

    7 dmen

    Fleury/Lankinen and Subban wouldn’t waive him yet just in case unless they need the roster spot or a trade for a late pick happens.
    Waive Delia to team with soderblom in Rockford. He should clear.

    3 goalies

    23 man roster to start

  • October 10, 2021 at 11:05 am

    Some interesting decisions to make with the roster. Personally I want to see Hagel in the top 9, not on the 4th line. I would be ok with a 4th line of Strome/Khaira/Carp and I would keep Gaudette as the 13th forward. He is a nice depth piece that can play up and down the lineup. Unless there is a trade this means Entwistle starts in Rockford but it’s a long season and he should be back up quickly due to injury or trade. What happens to Subban and Dellia assuming they clear waivers? I see only one getting time in Rockford and the other being released.

  • October 10, 2021 at 11:24 am

    Good update from Scott Powers at The Athletic on Sunday morning – the Hawks apparently don’t need to put Nylander thru waivers to send him to Rockford. His 2020-21 season was reclassified and he’s still 53 NHL games short of being waiver exempt.

  • October 10, 2021 at 12:27 pm

    Tab – I saw Powers’ tweet about Nylander’s waiver status – that’s great news!

    Maybe one day after some time in the A he can be a useful Hawk which is better than losing him for nothing

  • October 10, 2021 at 12:32 pm

    If Strome is in opening night line up then Entwistle will have been sent down

    If Entwistle is in the opening night line up then Strome is a healthy scratch

    These are the options as I see it because I think Khaira, Carp and Hagel are all in opening night line up with Gaudette as the 13th FW

  • October 10, 2021 at 12:44 pm

    I guarantee that the advocates for Strome anywhere on this team will end up leaving you very disappointed. He plays hard 1 out of every 4 games. Gaudette should be kept along with Entwistle. Sorry to see both Hardman and R.Johnson sent to Rockford. You need hard players in this league and I don’t think we have near enough of them.

  • October 10, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    TW – I hear ya and any optimism around Strome has to be qualified with him continuing to play hard every night not just when he thinks he may not make the team if he doesn’t

    We’ll see how it plays out but if last night’s Strome is an every night Strome that’s a huge plus for the Hawks

    A 1 game in 4 Strome will be watching from the press box and traded

    I’m hoping he’s got the message but time will tell

  • October 10, 2021 at 1:41 pm

    Well it looks likely that Toews will be in the opening day lineup. To some here, that was a guaranteed thing to NOT happen. I hear a microwave can warm the crow enough to become tolerable for chewing purposes. Of course, it is still 3 days before play starts too.

    It seems the Hawks now have an imbalance of talent in the forward group – a whole bunch of traditional second and third liners and not really a good choice of 4th liners, in the traditional banger/change-the-momentum-of-the-game school. Likewise, unless you put Kane and Toews together on the same line with Dcat, we really don’t have a first line that instills fear in the other team. Seems we have a lot of square pegs to put into round holes, or is it round pegs for square holes? I guess it matters more on how you view the problem!

    Again, listening to Jeremy Colliton, now the head coach for the Chicago Blackhawks, he had indicated that going forward he wants a balance of speed, scoring, defense and grit (I paraphrase here) on each of his lines so he can interchange parts and assignments freely. While I don’t search out every bit of his media appearances and quotes, I haven’t heard anything different from him lately. My point – I hear most everyone on this board talking in the traditional sense of lines and roles about this group of Hawks players and the difficulty of creating 4 lines in the traditional setup. Maybe that isn’t how JC is viewing or building his team. Yes, I too, still things in the traditional way when looking at the team, but I also openly admit I am not a big fan of change. I wonder if more people here are going to be forced to change the way they look at the Hawks players and lines.

    Regardless, it will be interesting to watch the Hawks develop this year as we clearly have more talent than last year, an infusion of energy, some different veterans to help form and lead the kids, someone who most fans outside of Chicago would actually consider to be a top pair defender, and a pair of goalies that we can have reasonable expectations to do an NHL level of netminding on most every night. These are all good things and an improvement over recent history. My hopes for next year were along the lines of what we are seeing today, so I give credit to Bowman for making some ballsy and apparently good moves this past offseason.

    Now to keep expectations at a reasonable level and HOPE that the team we saw last night is indicative of what we get every night. It was easily, in my opinion, their best of the preseason. I’m ready to watch and learn.

    Let the FIRE COLLITON and BOWMAN screams commence.

  • October 10, 2021 at 5:27 pm

    Opening day predictions, I like EbonyRaptors roster and line projection.


    I think this roster breakdown accurately reflects how the coaches see these players (Strome and Gaudette are often in JC’s doghouse and are not “trustworthy” enough to be top nine) while Kurashev and Johnson are both currently highly regarded and trusted by the coaches to not make mistakes.

    What I think this lineup also does is accurately place many guys one step below where they “could” or want to be. There are so few established players that the lineup has built in competition among all four forward lines. Literally half the roster is in danger of being displaced by someone beneath them on the roster (or Rockford.) But is that much competition good for the players development and team/line chemistry?

    I really like Fleury in goal. I can see him being an x-factor in making the playoffs. Curious to see what happens with Delia/Subban.

    How long will it take to see S Jones and McCabes effect on the blue line? Saw some nice plays in the preseason, but the group did not feel like they were on the same page as of yet. 5 games? 10 games? 15 games? If we get close to end of the first quarter of the season and the blue line is struggling for chemistry I will be very concerned. I hope they get it sorted out early.

    Who is going to step their game up among the young forwards? Can Hagel step up his finishing ability? He creates so many scoring chances with his play, if he can elevate his offense I can see him having a role in the top six.

    What happens with the three headed monster of Borgstrom, Strome and Gaudette? Can any of them elevate their play to secure a top six role?

    When will we see Reichel and Entwistle in the NHL? I think both showed they belong in some capacity and I suspect we will see one or both of them on the roster permanently before the end of the season.

    It has been a long time since I have been this excited and expectant to start an NHL season. I think the Hawks have a lot of questions still, but for the first time in the last five years I really feel like the Hawks made changes to the roster that improve the team. Are they going to be a legitimate playoff threat this year? For the first time in a long time I actually have some hope that they are.

  • October 10, 2021 at 6:17 pm

    I would prefer the all – length line
    Strome-Dach-Borgstrom/// lotta long appendages there… w Plus skill and hands

    Khaira-Gaudette or Entwistle- Hagel
    Difficult to play against- w scoring upside and attack mentality’s

    Then- I double shift Hagel- up and down the line-up for energy… the Kid is special- he creates /attacks/ forces miscues almost every shift. Like Kane- he makes others around him better.

  • October 10, 2021 at 8:07 pm

    Signed and Reassigned all done today. Tomorrow do what needs to be done with ir/ltir and file the roster.

  • October 12, 2021 at 10:18 am

    Probably get a start or 2 on 2nd and 3rd lines, maybe even for Toews if they decide to rest him in back to back games. Hard to imagine when teams get their rosters submitted that somebody with injury issues doesn’t pick him up, could be retained salary involved most likely.

  • October 12, 2021 at 11:21 am

    If the Blackhawks look at Ottawa as the best/most likely destination for Strome, there’s no need to retain salary. They have plenty of cap space for one year at $3M for Strome.

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