This could be the year of Dylan Strome with the Chicago Blackhawks
By Jimmy Lynch
The year of Dylan Strome is upon us with the Chicago Blackhawks, and fans should be excited for what he can bring to the team.
After signing a contract extension yesterday with the Chicago Blackhawks, Dylan Strome is set to be with the Blackhawks for the next two seasons. Chicago might have a star on the verge of taking the next step in his career in Strome.
At just three million for the next two years, Chicago has their now number one center ready to go just in time for training camp. Strome has the opportunity to really be something with the Blackhawks this coming season. Last season was not his best with the team, but he is now the presumed number one center, due to injuries to Jonathan Toews and Kirby Dach.
No one is excited to see players like Toews and Dach miss time next season. Those two players not being on the ice is drastically going to hurt the ‘Hawks, however now the ‘Hawks need to see how they are going to move forward, and the answer is probably with Strome as the top center.
Strome will be centering the best line the Blackhawks have to offer next season. Not only will he be the top-line center for the team on five on five, but also the power play, a power play he wasn’t apart of some of last season.
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Personally, I think having Strome centering players like DeBrincat and Kane will be very effective for the Blackhawks. While Kubalik definitely could be in the conversation, I think without Toews and Saad, he might get bumped down a line.
Strome is going to average more time than ever with Chicago, and hopefully, he can take a step in the right direction with the team. Otherwise, it is going to be a long year for sure. I personally think Chicago gave Strome the second year on his contract, thinking he might see an uptick in production this season with more ice time.
While the injuries to Jonathan Toews and Kirby Dach are going to hurt the Blackhawks, it will allow for Chicago to offer a bigger role to some of their other players during a year of transition for the team.
It certainly will be fun to see what the Blackhawks do this coming season, and it starts with Dylan Strome and the team in training camp.