CHICAGO – Chicago Blackhawks switched Nick Schmaltz to Arizona Coyotes on Sunday night with Dylan Strom and Brendan Perlin swap, with three more first round matches.
Schmaltz is a slow start with two goals and nine assists in 23 games but he is only 22 years old and is getting rid of the season. Chicago chose him with a 20-fold bet in the 2014 draft.
"Nick is a dynamic forward-looking potential," said Coyotes CEO John Chayka. "We feel that he can be the core of our team now and in the future. He is a good supporter of the evolving forward in our team and a rare combination of speed, skill and creativity."
Schmaltz goes to a team with lots of familiar faces.
Blackhawks and Coyotes have often been trading partners over the years. Just last summer, Chicago met Vinnie Hinostroza and defender Jordan Oeste in Arizona as part of a multiplayer deal that transferred Marian Hos to the Coyote winnings.
Schmaltz had 21 goals and 31 games in 78 games last season. He seemed to be targeting a new deal in Chicago, but Blackhawks seemed to have a salient chance of a slight shortage of this production this year. He was a healthy 4-0 defeat at Edmonton on November 1st.
Chicago is looking for a spark after the playoffs last season for the first time in ten years. Long Release Coach Joel Quenneville broke up on November 6 with a team of eight game slides.
Blackhawks hopes that 21-year-old Strome will benefit from rural change after the Coyote's NHL career began to be fierce. He rose to around 3 as a whole in 2015, emerged in front of Mitch Marner, Mikko Rantanen, Mathew Barzali and Thomas Chabot, but with only 6-foot-three, there are only seven goals and nine in 47 career titles.
Perlini, 22, has two goals and four assists 22 games this season. He put his career at the highest level with 17 goals and 13 matches in 74 games last season. Perlini was No. 12 in the 2014 draft.