Patrick Kane stands up for teammate Dylan Strome amid trade rumours

Published February 12, 2022 at 2:14 PM

When the Chicago Blackhawks swung a deal with the Arizona Coyotes to bring in former 3rd overall pick Dylan Strome, the Hawks' faithful were excited at the idea of bringing in a player of Strome's caliber and draft pedigree. But, as time has gone on, Strome has seen his role with the team diminish and there is some concern now over whether he will even be with the team much longer.

On Saturday, Patrick Kane had the opportunity to share some insight on Strome as a player and, as Mark Lazarus of The Athletic reports, Kane counts himself among those who would like to see Strome's role with the team increase to give him a chance to show that he can be a part of the solution in Chicago.

"With Strome, it's pretty obvious, if you give him a chance in a top-six role and on the power play, he's gonna produce," Kane said, giving the youngster a huge vote of confidence.

"It's just the fact... I feel like keeping a guy that's that young is probably a better solution. He can be part of the future here."

The Blackhawks have had a largely forgettable season, posting a 17-23-7 record, playing sub- .500 hockey, despite adding he likes of Seth Jones and Marc-Andre Fleury to the fold this summer.

The Hawks are expected to be among the league's top sellers at the March 21st trade deadline. Strome's fate is yet to be determined, but if Kane has his way, Strome will be a part of the team next season as the Hawks look to change the narrative in Chicago.

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