The Chicago Blackhawks have a lot of centers they really like. Guys like Jonathan Toews, Tyler Johnson, and Kirby Dach make up the center depth within this organization. Outside of that they also have Adam Gaudette, Ryan Carpenter, and Henrik Borgstrom who can take faceoffs. This all makes a guy like Dylan Strome expendable.
Dylan Strome has had a complicated history with the Chicago Blackhawks.
After getting traded to Chicago during the 2018-19 season, Strome seemed to be a part of the future of this team as a future top centerman, but during the 2019-20 season his stock fell, and last year on a team without Jonathan Toews and Kirby Dach he was a healthy scratch some nights.
Frank Seravalli of Daily Faceoff reported that the Blackhawks are open to moving Strome. He is the odd man out of the lineup, and while he might be a talented forward he just does not have a spot on this team. He is not a versatile enough forward to play in the bottom six, and his spot in the top six has been taken by Toews and Johnson both new additions to the team in comparison to last year.
Finding a trade partner for Strome is probably easier said than done. It will be interesting to see where he ends up landing, my guess would be that some rebuilding team would make the most sense like Buffalo. They can acquire a forward who they could then flip towards the deadline for more than he would cost now.
Another option would be to wait a few weeks into the season for a team to assess their talent level and see if they need to make a change and add someone that could be a top-six forward. Maybe Montreal realizes they need another talented center and adds Strome, honestly there are a lot of possibilities for him.
The Blackhawks have a lot of center depth, and that is a good thing, just not great for Dylan Strome when it comes to making the team. All offseason long fans, myself included, have been calling for Strome to get traded. Getting a deal done would be great for the Hawks to acquire an asset or two, as they seem to have enough talent for their lineup going into the season.
I can’t help but think that the best return for Strome would have come during the offseason, at this point it seems like his value would be at an all time low.