Blackhawks: Top Three Breakout Candidates For 2021-22

By Jimmy Lynch
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Kirby Dach #77, Chicago Blackhawks
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3. Kirby Dach

Kirby Dach is the last and most likely pick to have a breakout season in 2021-22. Dach is going to get plenty of opportunities this season during his first full 82 game season in the NHL. During his rookie season, it took him a while to really get into the lineup and become a regular, his postseason run with the team against the Oilers and Golden Knights was fun to watch though.

Dach in 2020-21 did not get the opportunity he should have after falling to an injury before the season began in the World Juniors. Dach missed most of the season with a broken wrist before battling back towards the end of March.

This year should see a Kirby Dach at 100 percent ready to show what he is made of. In the past, I talked about he really could be on the same level as Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko, but this season will be his best chance to prove it.

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Centering a line with players like Patrick Kane and Alex DeBrincat, there is no doubt this will be Dach’s best year in the NHL. How many points he can put up and whether or not he can be this team’s true number one center will be important questions that fans get answered this season.