Blackhawks, Coyotes exchange young forwards
Three young former first-round draft picks were dealt Sunday night as the Chicago Blackhawks and Arizona Coyotes pulled off a trade.
Strome, 21, was the third overall pick by Arizona in the 2015 NHL Draft. In 19 games this season, he has three goals, three assists and a minus-9 rating. Over 47 career NHL games in parts of three seasons, his totals are seven goals, nine assists and a minus-10 rating.
Perlini, 22, was drafted fourth overall by the Coyotes in 2014. He also has played parts of three NHL season, compiling 33 goals, 24 assists and a minus-11 rating in 152 games. This season, he has two goals, four assists and a minus-5 rating in 21 games.
Schmaltz, 22, was chosen by Chicago 16 picks after Perlini came off the board in 2014. He has produced the most impressive season of the trio involved in the trade, 21 goals and 31 assists in 78 games in 2016-17. This season, he has two goals, nine assists and a minus-4 rating, leaving him with 29 goals, 62 assists and a plus-7 rating in 162 career games over three seasons.
"Nick is a dynamic forward with top line potential," Coyotes general manager John Chayka said in a statement. "We feel he can be a core player of our team now and into the future. He's a good complement to our evolving forward group and a rare combination of speed, skill and creativity."
Strome and Perlini both played for Team Canada in the 2016 World Junior Championships, with Strome also appearing the following year. Schmaltz appeared for Team USA at the World Juniors in 2016.
The Blackhawks (9-10-5, 23 points) sit next to last in the Central Division while the Coyotes (9-11-2, 20 points) sit next to last in the Pacific Division. Both return to action Tuesday, with Chicago playing host to the Vegas Golden Knights and Arizona visiting the Minnesota Wild.
--Field Level Media
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