He is finally back! The Chicago Blackhawks have activated their former third overall pick, Kirby Dach, off of injured reserve. This came after he took warmups ahead of their game against the Nashville Predators. He is going to play and he will be their number one center before you know it. With Jonathan Toews not playing, this is an incredible addition to their lineup. He should be able to hit the ground running after making his way back from injury.
Kirby Dach is an incredible addition to the Chicago Blackhawks lineup.
Dach hurt his wrist during an exhibition game playing for Team Canada in the World Junior Classic. He was projected to take a little bit longer to come back but he is way ahead of schedule. He was going to be Team Canada’s captain and was looking like one of the best World Junior teams ever assembled.
Without Dach, Canada steamrolled their way through the tournament and was still as dominant as we thought they’d be. They did, however, fall to Team USA in the Gold Medal Gams. You never know how that would have gone with someone like Kirby Dach as their top center but it is what it is. The important thing now is how he rebounds with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Dach is going to begin the game as the third line center between Mattias Janmark and Dylan Strome. That is a very good line to start but Dach won’t last there long. He is going to find his way to a line with one of Alex DeBrincat, Patrick Kane, or Dominik Kubalik in no time. He has to get his legs going before that happens but it won’t take him long. He will be on the top power-play unit in the bumper position as well which should help him.
This is great news all around. The Hawks weren’t expected to be a very good team going into the year. Their roster has exceeded all expectations so adding a number one center like Kirby Dach is as good of acquisition as any team can have during a season. They can also trade one of their veterans on an expiring deal for future assets and have Dach ready to go in their place. Dach coming back is so good for this team both on and off the ice so hopefully, the wrist feels good and he hits the ground running.