Chicago Blackhawks NHL Draft: Top 6 options at no. 3 overall

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4. Kirby Dach

Kirby Dach is one of the top three ranked North American skaters heading into this year’s draft. He is a center man that plays for the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL. He is another type of center that could make an impact as soon as next year and he could also need a little extra development. A lot will depend on how his summer and training camp go heading into the season.

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He is a playmaking type of center that will contribute a 200-foot game to whichever team drafts him. His ability to create plays and use his hockey sense is elite amongst prospects and will look to bring that to his NHL team. He also has elite speed to go with the rest of his attributes.

In 62 games with Saskatoon this season, he had 25 goals and 48 assists for 73 points. This as a 17 and 18-year-old in juniors is very impressive. He also was a plus-15 and even though he is considered a playmaker, had 208 shots on goal. This is a nice sign that he should be able to contribute some goal scoring to compliment the rest of his game.

A good NHL comparison that has the 200-foot game, great playmaking ability, and the ability to score goals regularly is Mark Scheifele of the Winnipeg Jets. Now, Scheifele is an elite player in the National Hockey League and it isn’t fair to simply say Dach will be Scheifele but that is the type of game he plays. Dach would fit in nicely on a Blackhawks team looking to add another piece to a pretty good group of centers.