Per Darren Dreger of TSN, Blackhawks’ forward Kirby Dach has been loaned by the team to participate in Canada’s World Juniors Selection Camp.
This is only the first step of the World Juniors process. Countries host a selection camp to pick their roster. For anyone who has seen the movie Miracle, you have had a glimpse at the concept.
Despite this only being the first step, it’s safe to assume Dach will likely make the team unless he has a poor showing at the camp. That said, if the Stanley Cup Playoffs version of Dach shows up to Canada’s camp, he’ll make the team with flying colors.
Dreger also noted that Dach will return to the Blackhawks if the NHL season begins before the World Juniors.
In 64 NHL games during the 2019-20 regular season, Dach compiled eight goals and 15 assists (23 points) in his rookie campaign. The lanky Canadian forward looked shaky at times during the regular season but showed flashes of brilliance.
After the NHL resumed and expanded the playoffs, Dach looked like a completely different player. He looked stronger, more confident, and faster than he did during the regular season. The improvement showed on the score sheet as well, as Dach tallied one goal and five assists (six points) in nine games during the play-in series and first round of the playoffs.
Dach getting a chance to play in a time of uncertainty is good news for his development. It’s also safe to believe that Dach could have a monster World Juniors, further adding to the excitement surrounding the young Blackhawks center.