The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired forward Alex Nylander from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for defenceman Henri Jokiharju. Brought aboard early a year ago, Strome broke out with 17 goals and 51 points in 58 games on a line with junior teammate Alex DeBrincat.
Meanwhile, Jokiharju appeared in 38 games for the Blackhawks last season. The 6-0, 192-pound blueliner also impressed on the global stage, winning gold with Finland at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship and men's world championship.
Jokiharju is a reasonably hyped prospect as well, and made a smoother transition to the next level with 29 points in 68 games split between the Blackhawks and their minor-league affiliate in his first professional season. "His global success last season only furthered his development and we are excited to add him to our current group of defenseman".
Chicago is hoping a chance of scenery will help Nylander, who was selected by Buffalo with the eighth overall pick in the 2016 draft.
Drafted by Chicago in the first round (29th overall) of the 2017 NHL Draft, Jokiharju was named to the Western Conference Second All-Star Team in 2018 after recording 71 points (12/59) in 63 games for the Portland Winterhawks (WHL).
The 20-year-old Finn joins an already-deep Buffalo defense corps, which features Jake McCabe and Rasmus Dahlin on the top-4 right side.