Kirby Dach’s stay in Chicago was not too long.
The Blackhawks selected him third overall in the 2019 draft, which began on June 21st… And traded him just over three years later on July 7th, 2022.
When he arrived in Montreal, we all wondered the same thing. Why did the Hawks throw in the towel on a young player who is full of great qualities on the ice?
Dach never really had a chance to show himself among Hawks. Why? Because the latter used him in a minimal role and because they did not give him a chance to show his knowledge.
But the Hawks didn’t trade him because he wasn’t good. Renaud Lavoie talked about it this morning, on BPM Sports : You cannot change the third choice “in the same way”.
The TVA Sports journalist spoke about the relationship between Dacha and the club, which does not seem very good:
There is one thing I can tell you. Kirby Dach’s relationship with the Blackhawks has not been great. And I’m not talking about his teammates: that wasn’t a problem.
Did that give the player some leeway to taunt his former club when he scored the game-winning goal in the shootout to give the Habs a win last season?
— André Ménard (@samuelmj01) November 25, 2022
Sometimes a change of scenery can be beneficial for a young player. And that’s exactly what happened to Kirby Dach after the trade that sent him to Montreal.
The sample is thin as he played just 60 games in a Habs uniform, but his offensive production and the importance he has in Martin St-Louis’ lineup when healthy are great evidence of how long it took him to escape Chicago.
He was talked about as the team’s possible No. 1 center of the future before suffering an injury early in the season. It’s nothing.
All the better, in the end, because the Canadian managed to take advantage of the situation that is in his favor today.
A lots of
Jayden Struble’s family is en route to Anaheim for his NHL debut tomorrow.
— Eric Engels (@EricEngels) November 21, 2023
– Martin St-Louis had good words for Brendan Gallagher.
#Habs Martin St-Louis on putting Brendan Gallagher in the front line at 14 and 15: “you know where he’s going to be, he’s going to be heavy on the forecheck, he’s going to be in front of the net and I think that probably frees up Suzy and Newy to own more in the o-zone “
— Priyanta Emrith (@HabsInHighHeels) November 21, 2023
Frances Tiafoe visits training sessions, introduces the Capitals to a new sport: hockey tennis https://t.co/5cxx0lg9s3
— RMNB (@rmnb) November 21, 2023
– It’s normal.
SEE | Connor McDavid is tired of answering this “stupid question” 😬😬https://t.co/dIzuWigaBp
— TVA Sports (@TVASports) November 21, 2023
– It could start to warm up.