The Chicago Blackhawks are a terrible hockey team. Their roster is up there amongst the worst in the entire National Hockey League. They are starting to build up a really nice farm system though which is a part of a five-year rebuild plan.
One mistake that they made that could have helped them rebuild right now came in the 2019 NHL Draft. They were still trying to win at that point for some reason but that is beside the point. They selected Kirby Dach with the third overall pick in the draft.
The Hawks had that third overall pick because of a little bit of lottery luck. It was obvious that Bowen Byram should have been the pick at the time and now we know that a guy like Trevor Zegras also would have been a better pick.
With all of that said, Dach is still a really good player that can become a top-six forward on a good team. The Blackhawks traded him to the Montreal Canadiens over the summer and now we are seeing him thrive with his new team.
Kirby Dach is showing the Chicago Blackhawks that they didn’t handle him right.
On Friday afternoon, he made his return to Chicago to play against the Blackhawks and he was a difference-maker. He didn’t score or record a point in regulation but he scored the shootout game-winning goal. He let the crowd know it too which was honestly really nice to see.
Dach was never put in a good position by the Chicago Blackhawks. He was a bit over-drafted and that is not his fault. It is also not his fault that he was thrown into the fire of the NHL at 19 years old without just a little bit more development.
He absolutely could have used another year with his junior team before making this jump to the NHL but he didn’t. Even Jack Hughes (who was the number one pick in the same draft and an absolute superstar now) struggled at that age and could have used another non-NHL year.
Of course, the same struggles (if not worse) would exist for Kirby Dach. Now he is in a good situation with his new organization and the Hawks have moved on with a new regime in charge of things. It is a good deal for both sides at this point.