The number 17 has importance in Chicago Blackhawks’ history. Day 17 of 25 Blackhawks in 25 Days focuses on another important 17, Dylan Strome.
The 2019-20 NHL season is only 17 days away and there’s a couple of important 17s worth mentioning. For the past few years, the only thing that was significant about the number 17 were those magnificent 17 seconds in Boston back in 2013.
However, now you can add one piece of the Blackhawks’ future core to that as well, with Dylan Strome. Strome was a change of scenery acquisition by Stan Bowman that paid off big time. Let’s take a closer look at this young, budding star.
Player Spotlight: Dylan Strome
Dylan Strome had a career year last season. He put up career highs in goals, assists, games played, and basically every category you can think of. Strome finally found a home in Chicago, after struggling immensely in Arizona. Just look at the difference in his stats between the two clubs.
Strome has a history with Chicago Blackhawks’ winger Alex DeBrincat. The two instantly rekindled their chemistry and went on a scoring spree through the second half of the season. Both Strome and DeBrincat have evolved into great NHL players.
Strome found a home in Chicago. He loves it here so much that he stayed here this summer to work out. However, if Strome waits to re-sign until the end of the season, it will either hurt or help the young forward.
As of right now, it looks like Strome is betting on himself since a new deal hasn’t been finalized yet.
The Blackhawks are going to want to sign Strome early, so in case he has a big year, he doesn’t ask for too much money.
At this time, I would project a 3-6 year contract at around $5 million AAV, if Strome signs early. Don’t expect him to capture any kind of Clayton Keller level contract after just one year of production in the NHL.
Chicago, the season will be here before you know it! Until then, we have the preseason to keep us occupied.