Kirby Dach seems to be still struggling with his wrist injury on the ice.
While no one is expected to come back so quickly on top of his game, the Hawks need Dach now more than ever. Dach’s production is not what it was last post-season or just during the regular season.
The former third overall draft pick has just one goal and four assists through 12 games on the year. He has had countless scoring chances, including some pretty nice dekes to get around defenders and drive towards the net, but he has failed to capitalize on a lot of those chances.
Someone always seems to have bad puck luck with this team; last year, it was DeBrincat, and this year to a lesser extent, it is Dach.
Kirby Dach is winning just 39.7 percent of his faceoffs this season. His numbers in the dot are worse than Kurashev, Strome, Kampf, and Suter. Maybe the team should consider playing Dach less at center as the season comes to a close.
The same way the team experimented with moving Strome to the wing, they should do the same with Dach and switch the two. Through the final ten games, the Hawks need to see Dach produce a little more. While I do not think they will overact this off-season and move him, they might take his poor faceoff tendencies and inability to finish into account when looking at the center depth.