Former Chicago Blackhawks Center Dylan Strome Is Thriving In Washington

He is leading the Washington Capitals in goals and points.
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The Chicago Blackhawks travel to Washington tonight to face the Capitals who have a familiar face leading them in goals and points.

Former Hawks center Dylan Strome has raked up 22 goals and 50 points this season. He is third on the team in assists with 28. Strome needs one more goal to match his career-high 23 he set last season.

Strome is currently on a heater that has allowed him to get to that point of having another career season.

Think about it, the Hawks let a young player in Strome who is now thriving walk away for nothing.

He was not traded before the 2022 trade deadline even though he finished with 48 points that season. Not re-signing Strome helped the tank as the Blackhawks would have been a little bit better last year had they had Strome, Alex DeBrincat, and Patrick Kane on a line.

Although, he could have been brought back on a one-year, $3.5 million deal he got from the Capitals and get flipped at last year's trade deadline for more assets.

However, he was still inconsistent when he was with the Blackhawks. His style of play never fit in with former head coach Jeremy Colliton. It was only after Colliton was fired that Strome found a little bit of a groove and by then it was time for the roster teardown to take place.

Strome also missed time with injuries as he only played in 40 games during the 2020-21 season and 69 games in 2021-22.

Although it would have been hard for general manager Kyle Davidson to forecast Strome playing this well.

Strome did spin playing well last season into a five-year, $25 million extension. While we know Davidson is not averse to handing out a contract with a $5 million cap hit, he does not want to have it on the books for that long.

Hopefully, Strome does not have a big game to make the Hawks wish they never had let him go.