Blackhawks: Three Ways Kirby Dach Can Improve His Game

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

Improve In The Faceoff Dot

Kirby Dach can shoot the puck just as good as anyone else on the Blackhawks. He might have some of the best puck control skills I have seen when it comes to getting past opponents and setting up tremendous opportunities, but that all does not matter unless his team has the puck.

Winning a faceoff should be a given when it comes to centers in the NHL. A team wants to have the puck in every situation to help dictate the play on the ice. Winning the faceoff is the most basic way to get control of the puck, and it, in a way, has separated the good teams from the great in the past.

Kirby Dach finished the season with a 33.8 percentage in the faceoff dot. That was not great, and only landed him tenth best on the team. Dach did not take too many faceoffs when you compare his numbers to a guy like Jonathan Toews, either.

Dach only got into the faceoff dot for 75 faceoff wins and 147 faceoff losses. By the way Dach has been taking faceoffs, the team would be better off with a guy like Andrew Shaw or Zack Smith. Winning faceoffs is not everything when it comes to being great offensively in the NHL, but if Dach wants to continue to grow as a center and not get pushed over to the wing, then he needs to start improving that facet of his game.