3 forwards the Detroit Red Wings should target before the trade deadline

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Detroit Red Wings, Dylan Strome
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The Detroit Red Wings should explore adding Dylan Strome.

While the Detroit Red Wings brought in a former Chicago Blackhawks forward this season on a two-year deal in Pius Suter, he may be on his way out via trade, and bringing in winger Dylan Strome is not the worst idea.

He’s been in the NHL for six seasons now, three years with the Arizona Coyotes before heading to the Chicago Blackhawks, where he has been for the last three-plus seasons. He’s still just 24 years old and carries only a $3 million cap hit for this season.

Strome will be a restricted free agent following the conclusion of the 2021-22 season and could be negotiated with for an extension or taken to arbitration, as he is eligible. The Mississauga, Ontario native has played in 36 games for the Blackhawks this season, where he has nine goals and 12 assists for 21 total points.

This may not be some “jump-off-the-page” stats or anything to really be overly excited about; he’s been someone who can create scoring chances. He is very similar to Suter, a playmaking forward who will find his way on the scoresheet.

The difference is that Suter has two years of NHL experience versus Strome having six. It seems like Strome would be a cost-efficient addition that they could station in the team’s middle-six grouping of forwards.

He’s a forward worth looking into, at the very least.