Blackhawks: Kirby Dach’s playoff point-streak compares to Eddie Olczyk

Kirby Dach #77, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)
Kirby Dach #77, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images) /

Kirby Dach is the first rookie in Chicago Blackhawks history to score a point in his first three playoff games since Eddie Olczyk did it in 1985.

Wow, Kirby Dach has improved a whole bunch in the offseason. Dach was working with teammate Patrick Kane during the NHL pause, getting bigger, improving as a player, but not losing speed. It looks like his work with Kane did numbers for the Chicago Blackhawks, as he’s been a wrecking ball in the first three games for the team.

Not only is Dach on the scoresheets, but he’s also all over the ice. It turns out, Stan Bowman drafting Dach was a huge win, as there’s so much upside for him. I really think Dach has what it takes to be an elite center in the NHL. Luckily for him, he has Jonathan Toews to learn from.

Dach’s 3-game point-streak is impressive, as it’s not easy to get points in playoff games. Games 1-2 saw 19 goals, while Game 3 saw 7 between the two teams. It’s been a series of offense so far, and it’s good to see Dach joining in on the fun.

Dach being in the same sentence as Eddie Olczyk is something that’s great for all fans to hear. Olczyk was a goal-scorer back in his day, and if Dach can be half as good as Olczyk, they’ve got a heck of a player on their hands.

Interestingly enough, both players were picked third overall by the Chicago Blackhawks. Olczyk wasn’t with the Blackhawks for long, as he played his first 3 years in the NHL with them, then went on to be a Maple Leaf. He would find his way back to Chicago for his last 2 seasons in the NHL.

Hopefully, the case isn’t the same with Dach. Dach is improving game-by-game is looks more comfortable on the ice than he did during the regular season. He’s a very physical player and is using his big frame to his advantage.

Dach has 4 points (4A) so far in the playoffs! Tonight, he played 23:21 minutes, second to Duncan Keith, who is used to racking up minutes in the playoffs. Is this a sign of more to come?

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The more he contributes, the better the team will be. Finally, he’s on a line with Patrick Kane, something Kane has asked for, for most of the season. I’d say Dach is in a good spot.