After impressing in his first six games in the NHL, Kirby Dach is here to stay. The Chicago Blackhawks have confirmed that Dach will stay with the team for the “foreseeable future” instead of returning to the CHL. When the young forward plays his tenth game, the first year of his entry-level contract will be burned.
Dach, 18, was the third overall pick in June after an outstanding season for the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL. The 6’4″ forward could have gone back to dominate that league again, but a concussion during training camp actually may have changed that plan. With the injury, Dach was able to not only stick around the NHL team but get a conditioning stint in the minor leagues with the Rockford IceHogs. After showing well in the AHL, his strong six-game NHL career has come as no surprise.
Scoring his first NHL goal and recording two points, Dach will stay with the Blackhawks and try to get them out of their early season funk. The team is 3-6-2 through their first 11 games and have only scored 25 goals. Hopefully the young forward will be able to change those fortunes, but at the very least he’ll be continuing his development at the highest level.