The Arizona Coyotes have acquired C Nick Schmaltz from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for C Dylan Strome and LW Brendan Perlini.
For the Coyotes, they are giving up on their 2014 and 2015 first round picks. They get another 2014 first rounder, in Schmaltz, who enjoyed a breakout 2017-18 campaign. Schmaltz is more proven than Perlini and Strome, and is the same age as Perlini.
Schmaltz, 22, has scored two goals and nine assists for 11 points in 23 games for the Blackhawks this season. In his NHL career, all in Chicago, Schmaltz has scored 29 goals and 62 assists for 91 points in 162 games.
For the Blackhawks, while they are giving up a young player after he scored 21 goals and 52 points, they get two young players with potential. Perlini scored 17 goals last year, and could score 20 in the near future. Strome was the third overall pick in 2015 behind stars Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, but hasn\’t panned out.
Perlini, 22, has scored two goals and four assists for six points in 22 games this season. In his NHL career, all in the desert, Perlini has scored 33 goals and 24 assists for 57 points in 153 games.
Strome, 21, has scored three goals and three assists for six points in 20 games this year. In his NHL career, he\’s scored seven goals and nine assists for 16 points in 48 games.