Dylan Strome was brought in from the Arizona Coyotes for former Blackhawks forward Nick Schmaltz. Dylan Strome had a comfortable 2018-2019 campaign, scoring 17 goals and dishing out 51 points in 58 games.
Since then, Strome's point production has decreased mightly, from 38 points during the 2019-2020 season and 17 points last season. Strome has cracked the starting lineup a limited amount this season and has been moved up and down the lineup. Strome has struggled in the face off circle and has been lacking offensive consistencies.
Strome was seen talking to Derek King after practice in Montreal Thursday that might have been about his recent struggles and many of the prospects have been taking his place recently. Strome is on the final year of a $6 million dollar deal and could benefit from a trade with the long list in the Blackhawks center depth.
Adam Gaudette was claimed off waivers from Ottawa 2 weeks ago and the future center depth consists of Jonathan Toews, Kirby Dach, and Lukas Reichel. Strome could benefit as a second or third-line center for a team lacking center depth.
A potential one-for-one trade could work out, such as trading for Jake DeBrusk of the Boston Bruins, who was drafted the same year as Strome, signed a similar dollar amount contract and requested a trade a couple of weeks ago and could help with scoring depth on the wing. Finding Strome a new home should be a top priority for the Hawks, as he definitely deserves to play in a full-time role in the NHL.
Possible Trade Locations/Scenarios:
Boston Bruins - Jake DeBrusk or draft pick
Buffalo Sabres - Low-level prospect or a draft pick
Carolina Hurricanes - 2nd round draft pick and prospect
Montreal Canadiens - 3rd or 4th round draft pick
San Jose Sharks - 4th round pick.
Other possible trade candidates: Henrik Borgstrom, Calvin DeHaan or Dominik Kubalik