With the third overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, the Blackhawks have selected Kirby Dach.
This came as a bit of a surprise, as most of the hype surrounded Alex Turcotte and Bowen Byram over the past few weeks. There were rumblings on the draft floor this afternoon about the Hawks having a significant interest in the big centerman.
That speculation was confirmed when Stan Bowman took the stage to announce the pick. Anyway, on to the specifics.
Kirby Dach is an 18-year-old, 6’4″ 198lb center from the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL. His size is obviously the attention-grabber, but his game is strong all-around. He sees the ice extremely well and his stature allows him to shield the puck from defenders. He obviously doesn’t possess blazing speed, but he can smoothly maneuver his way through traffic, as seen in his highlight video below.
NHL Central Scouting ranked Dach as the second-best center available in the draft behind only Jack Hughes, the number one overall pick. Here’s a look at his performance during his time in juniors (via Elite Prospects):
Player comparisons can be inaccurate, but one name I have seen thrown around for Dach is Blake Wheeler of the Winnipeg Jets. Only time will tell if that comparison comes true, but Dach certainly has the size and skill to make it a reality.
The Blackhawks will continue to add players to their pipeline when rounds two through seven take place tomorrow in Vancouver. Here is a list of the remaining picks:
Stay tuned to On Tap Sports Net and Four Feathers Podcast on Twitter for future updates and a more in-depth look at Kirby Dach in the coming days.
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