Joined: Apr 2017
Ooooh fun! A (sorta) hockey trade! At first blush it strikes me as fair but when you’re looking ahead I reckon Chicago rushed to pull the trigger on this one as they’re likey going to be big time winners in anywhere from 3 months to 1 years time.
Let’s look at it in draft terms:
Chicago moves up from the 20th to 12th picks from 2014. Oh, and they add the 2015 3rd overall pick. Now, devil’s advocates are saying that Schmaltz has improved more so than these two combined. I find that hard to believe really. And the numbers really do not bear this out.
Schmaltz had 1 good season - 17/18 - when he posted 20g and 50p. This is greater than either player has done thus far. But, let us look at context: Schmaltz has had Kane as a regular linemate. Perlini and Strome, when in Arizona? Max Domi? (Oh wait, I mean 2017 Max Domi). Richard Panik? Christian Dvorak? Even at their peak they are not the type of player like Kane who makes everyone around him better.
This season Perlini and Strome combine for 12 points. Schmaltz has 11 points. Has Strome developed as fast as other 2015 draft mates? No. Has he faltered at any level? No! He has been a 1st/2nd/3rd team All Star and Memorial Cup MVP at the Junior level. Last year he made the AHL all-rookie team & was an All-Star to boot, scoring at > than a PPG. If you look at players who have scored at that clip in the AHL at age 20, you see a host of solid NHL players, most who are at least middle-6 but many who can play a top line role.
Perlini I believe has equal skill and ceiling as Schmaltz, maybe it’s evened up from the draft of 2014 (when Schmaltz was 20, Perlini 12), but the Hawks have basically gotten a future middle-6 centre for nothing.
If this isn’t a win, I don’t know what is.