Blackhawks: Kirby Dach leaves game with apparent wrist injury

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

The Chicago Blackhawks might be without one of their brightest stars after an apparent injury to Kirby Dach at the World Juniors on Tuesday.

Dach has not had many injury issues in the past, so for the Blackhawks’ top center of the future to fall to an injury during the World Junior Tournament was not a nice sight to see. Chicago already lost Alex Nylander to an injury, so losing Kirby Dach will not make things easier.

The World Junior Championship is just getting underway, so for Dach to fall to an injury this early is a huge blow for Chicago and Canada during the upcoming tournament. People might be questioning why the ‘Hawks allowed Dach to play in this tournament, risking a potential injury.

I understand the people out there upset that Dach was playing in the tournament. However, I do think it was the right call for the Blackhawks organization. Chicago needs to let their young players play in different situations and grow as players, which is true for Dach and this tournament.

Just try to put yourself in Dach’s shoes for a second. Imagine being a young hockey player with an opportunity to be a leader on a team for your country in a tournament against some of the best players in your age group from around the world. Chicago allowed Dach to play in a once in a lifetime tournament, and while it was not great to see him fall to an injury, I am sure he can come back from this.

We still do not know all the details about Kirby Dach’s injury, but one thing is for sure, Dylan Strome’s bargaining chips in any potential negotiations for a contract just went up. Strome just went from being an expendable center to a viable only option as a second line centermen for the Blackhawks, depending on what the verdict is with the Dach injury.

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I think the Blackhawks will try and make their contract with Dylan Strome a number one priority now, especially considering they Hopefully, everything works out for Kirby Dach and he can come back better than ever sooner rather than later.