Blackhawks: My Big Expectations For Kirby Dach In 2020-21

Kirby Dach #77, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Kirby Dach #77, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

Kirby Dach is going into his second season with the Chicago Blackhawks after being selected Number 3 in the 2019 NHL draft. Now, it’s showtime for him.

I was truly impressed with how well Kirby Dach played during the playoffs. The Chicago Blackhawks have a solid young player in Dach, especially if he can make a big jump from Year 1 to Year 2. This team has many young stars who could be the future of this team, it just comes down to the hard work they’re willing to put in.

Dach will be working with Patrick Kane‘s training during the offseason, which is great news. Kane is one of, if not the best Blackhawks’ player ever. If any of that can rub off on these young players coming up, it’s going to be nothing but great things for this franchise.

I’ll be the first to admit, I wasn’t too into the Kirby Dach draft pick. I wanted the team to look in a different direction with their draft pick, but I was wrong and I’m glad I was. Dach has some serious size, reach, skating ability, and talent.

Another great thing is Dach is looking to add size to protect pucks better and add to his game. There’s a real good chance the work he puts in during the offseason will separate him from the 2019 draft class. He already had a better season than Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko, it would be something if he was the steal of that draft.

My expectations for Dach aren’t too high where he cannot reach them. Dach is a playmaker, a stud on the ice, and a physical player. The 23-points (8G, 15A) he had in 2019-20 will be doubled in 2020-21. I’m expecting a 60-point season out of Dach if the season isn’t shortened.

I’d like to see him get 20-goals and 40-assists. If the season is shortened, I still would like to see the 20-goals, but the assist numbers will drop.

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Now, that all depends on who his linemates are, if he can stay healthy, and how much he improves from now until December. He made a big jump from the regular season to the playoffs, let’s see if he can make an even bigger jump to December.