Kirby Dach has been a pleasant surprise for the Chicago Blackhawks this season and he won’t just stop there.
The Chicago Blackhawks got an NHL ready player when they drafted Kirby Dach with the third overall pick in 2019. Only the top three players have managed to crack the NHL lineup this season in the entire draft, and all three are doing incredibly well. While I do not see any of them winning rookie of the year I do see Dach leading the 2019 draft class in points.
The 6-4 19-year-old centerman has 17 points in 49 games this season, while Jack Hughes of the New Jersey Devils and Kaapo Kakko of the New York Rangers both have 19 points. The Blackhawks might have the best playoff chances of all three teams, so Dach might be playing in more meaningful games, giving him a bigger opportunity to score goals.
Dach also has some of the best numbers between Kakko and Hughes. Dach and Hughes have almost identical Corsi % numbers at 47.1 and 47.5 respectively. Hughes might be a little higher but he is averaging more of his zone starts in the offensive zone.
Dach is also doing more with less time on the ice, a testimony of his efficiency and skill. I know that Dach is always going to be known as the third overall pick, not the number one or two guy, but at the same time, I believe he has the chance to make the biggest impact on the league right here and now.
At the same time, the guy that drafted Kirby Dach also has an opportunity to make a difference for the Blackhawks season.