Fantasy Take: Dylan Strome Goes To Washington

Michael Clifford

2022-07-14

One of the most shocking non-qualified RFAs to come out of the 2021-22 season was Dylan Strome from Chicago. It seemed certain Strome would catch on somewhere, likely with a top-end team that would need a middle-6 scoring centre. That's exactly what ended up happening:

Let's get to this signing.

What Washington Gets

When it was announced that Strome would not be getting a qualifying offer, I wrote about his NHL career extensively in a Ramblings. Not wanting to sound redundant, readers are encouraged to check that out to see everything Strome can bring to a team.

Long story short, my belief is that Strome is no worse than a third-line centre on a very good team, and probably a second-line centre on lesser rosters. It seems like many players who skate alongside Patrick Kane get their talents discounted, starting with the guy he was traded for initially in Nick Schmaltz, progressing to Artemi Panarin, then to Alex DeBrincat, and now Strome himself. No one would argue that Kane is not a generational offensive winger, but that doesn't mean that everyone who plays beside him is a bad player. It seems the Blackhawks just can't figure that out.

This was a necessary move from Washington as the team expects to have Nicklas Backstrom out for an extended period of time due to his hip surgery. Strome fills in some centre scoring behind Evgeny Kuznetsov and allows