Blackhawks trade Nick Schmaltz to Coyotes for Brendan Perlini, Dylan Strome

Chicago acquires two former first-round draft picks from Arizona.

The Blackhawks traded forward Nick Schmaltz to the Coyotes for winger Brendan Perlini and winger Dylan Strome on Sunday night in a deal involving three former first-round draft picks.

Schmaltz, the No. 20 overall pick in 2014, scored only two goals and 11 points in 23 games with Chicago. It was a slow start for the 22-year-old who scored 21 goals during his second season in 2017-18. He will stay with No. 8 with Arizona.

Perlini, who was selected No. 12 overall pick in 2014, has scored only two goals and six points in 22 games this season. The 6-foot-3, 212-pound winger did score 17 goals and 30 points in 74 contests last season during his first full NHL season.

Strome, the No. 3 overall pick in 2015, also hasn’t found the scoresheet often this season with only six points (three goals, three assists) in 20 outings. The 6-foot-3, 201-pound center tallied nine points (four goals, five assists) in 21 NHL games last season, but spent the majority of his time in the AHL. He scored 53 points (22 goals, 31 assists) in 50 AHL games.

Perlini will stick with No. 11 for the Blackhawks, while Strome switches from No. 20 to No. 17.