Blues GM v4
Joined: Nov 2016
The biggest thing for the Coyotes is that they are getting a sure thing with Schmaltz. Neither Perlini or Strome has come close to living up to expectations, and I don’t think they ever would in Arizona. If one or both of them breaks out in a Chicago, then they’re a winner. But I think we have to look at this as the Coyotes getting an upgrade over what they have, because neither player was going to thrive with them.
It’s pretty disappointing to see a third overall pick being dealt like this, though. Especially given the fact that they passed on guys like Marner and Provorov. It’s tough to talk about guys like Rantanen, Meier, Barzal, Boeser, Chabot, Aho, etc. with this given that they weren’t really in the Yotes range at 3. But still disappointing to see them come out of a stacked draft class essentially empty handed (outside of Christian Fischer).