Chicago ships Schmaltz to Arizona

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Arizona Coyotes acquired center Nick Schmaltz on Sunday night. In exchange, the Chicago Blackhawks added center Dylan Strome and forward Brendan Perlini.

“Nick is a dynamic forward with top line potential,” Coyotes President of Hockey Operations and General Manager John  Chayka said. “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.”

Former Chicago Blackhawks center Nick Schmaltz playing the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs
Nick Schmaltz playing the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs (Getty Images)

The 22-year-old Schmaltz has been a disappointment with the Coyotes this season. He has two goals and 11 assists in 23 games.

Strome, like Schmaltz, has been a disappointment since being the third overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. The 21-year-old has three goals and six points in 20 games this season.

Perlini is 22-years-old and is the former 12th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. The Guildford, United Kingdom native has two goals and four assists for six points in 21 games.

The Coyotes selected Strome in 2015 behind Connor McDavid, who went to the Edmonton Oilers with the No. 1 overall pick. Jack Eichel with to the Buffalo Sabres with the No. 2 overall pick. Mitch Marner, who was the fourth pick, has also had a better career than Strome after being drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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