After all of the votes were added up, Dylan Strome earned enough to be named Best Newcomer in the 2019 Fans Choice Awards.
Strome, who turned 22 in March, was the third overall pick of the Arizona Coyotes in the 2015 NHL Draft. He was acquired by Chicago in a trade on Nov. 25, 2018. The Blackhawks parted with Nick Schmaltz, in exchange for Strome and Brendan Perlini.
Reunited with his former junior teammate and close friend, Alex DeBrincat, Strome had a breakout second half of the season in a Blackhawks sweater.
Strome compiled 17 goals and 34 assists for a total of 51 points in 58 games for Chicago. He had just six points (3G, 3A) in 20 games for the Coyotes to start the season.
The change of scenery, coupled with his chemistry with DeBrincat, has rejuvenated Strome's career and is helping him reach his potential. The young center figures to be a key piece of the Blackhawks roster moving forward.
Stay tuned for more of the Fans Choice Awards winners, which will be announced this week.