Analysis

Chicago Blackhawks Playing for a New Contract This Season

By Jimmy Lynch
PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 06: Chicago Blackhawks Center Dylan Strome (17) celebrates his goal with Chicago Blackhawks Left Wing Alex DeBrincat (12) and Chicago Blackhawks Right Wing Patrick Kane (88) during the third period in the NHL game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Chicago Blackhawks on January 6, 2019, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 06: Chicago Blackhawks Center Dylan Strome (17) celebrates his goal with Chicago Blackhawks Left Wing Alex DeBrincat (12) and Chicago Blackhawks Right Wing Patrick Kane (88) during the third period in the NHL game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Chicago Blackhawks on January 6, 2019, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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GLENDALE, AZ – MARCH 26: Chicago Blackhawks center Dylan Strome (17) looks on during the NHL hockey game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Arizona Coyotes on March 26, 2019 at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ – MARCH 26: Chicago Blackhawks center Dylan Strome (17) looks on during the NHL hockey game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Arizona Coyotes on March 26, 2019 at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

Dylan Strome

Dylan Strome is an interesting player. His story was being written for him in Arizona. A former 3rd overall draft pick turned prospect bust. Strome was given a fresh opportunity with the Chicago Blackhawks, and as of now, it has paid off.

In just 58 games with the Blackhawks, Strome registered 51 points while playing the most ice time of his career at 17:04 ATOI.

Strome is going to be a great piece in the future for the Blackhawks, if he can continue to develop at his current pace.

Dylan Strome might really be something, or he might have just had a great season. It is in Strome’s best interest to bet on himself and play out the rest of this season with the Blackhawks, in the hopes that he can replicate last season’s success and earn more money.

There is no way that DeBrincat and Strome are going to earn the same amount as Toews and Kane did throughout their first few contracts in the NHL.

Instead, the Blackhawks will likely opt to give Strome a 3 or 4-year deal at about $3-5 million per season, depending on how well he succeeds this season.

However, if Dylan Strome continues to light the lamp, and leads the Blackhawks as a 2nd line center, Strome could be walking away with a significant pay raise next offseason.

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