CHICAGO — Dylan Strome and Brendan Perlini bought proper to work with the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday.
Strome and Perlini made it to Chicago in time to join their new workforce for practice after they had been acquired Sunday night time in a trade with Arizona. The Blackhawks despatched Nick Schmaltz to the Coyotes for Strome and Perlini in a swap of former first-round draft picks.
“Watching each Brendan and Dylan play, I feel there’s lots of attributes to their recreation which can be going to translate effectively to how we would like to play,” common supervisor Stan Bowman mentioned.
Strome and Perlini might make their Chicago debuts when the Blackhawks host the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday night time.
The trade reunites Strome with Alex DeBrincat, with whom he performed with the Erie Otters within the OHL for 3 seasons. Strome had 22 objectives and 53 assists, and DeBrincat completed with 65 objectives and 62 assists throughout their remaining season collectively, in 2016-17.
“He is one in all my greatest mates,” Strome mentioned. “It is good to see him once more, see a well-recognized face across the rink. We had lots of chemistry again in junior, lots of good instances. We’ll see what occurs right here. However, clearly, he can rating. I do know he is enjoyable to play with.”
Strome was chosen by Arizona with the No. three decide within the 2015 draft, forward of budding stars Mitch Marner, Mikko Rantanen, Mathew Barzal and Thomas Chabot. DeBrincat had to wait till No. 39 total earlier than Chicago grabbed him in 2016.
However DeBrincat has flourished with the Blackhawks, whereas Strome has put up extra modest numbers. The 21-year-old Strome has simply seven objectives and 9 assists in 48 profession video games, and the Blackhawks are hoping he can ship on his appreciable potential in Chicago.
“Clearly, I would like to be a bit of bit extra productive. I do not suppose it is any shock to anybody,” Strome mentioned. “I would like to put up numbers and assist no matter workforce I am on win, so I would like to come right here and assist this workforce win. I am a Chicago Blackhawk now, and I am proud and I am prepared to get to work.”
The 22-year-old Perlini has two objectives and 4 assists in 22 video games this season. He set profession highs with 17 objectives and 13 assists in 74 video games final season.
“It is a new contemporary alternative for me,” mentioned Perlini, who was chosen by Arizona with the No. 12 decide within the 2014 draft. “You possibly can inform in practice, you realize, nice gamers, lots of veteran guys who’ve performed nice issues within the recreation. So for me to are available in, I simply need to study off them and enhance and get higher each day.”