In the NHL, teams value players who project to be contributors on both ends of the ice and one day make an impact in the Top 6, especially at the center position.
“So many teams are built around their center depth,” Dach said at the NHL Combine in Buffalo in May. “To have so many great centers here amongst myself and the other here, it’s pretty fun.”
Enter Kirby Dach, who saw his production nearly double last season in the Western Hockey
League. In his rookie campaign with Saskatoon during the 2017-2018 season, Dach totaled 46 points.This past year with the Blades, he tallied 73 points which included 25 goals.
Standing at 6-feet 4-inches, Dach has the size and hockey sense organizations covet. But even the 18-year-old knows he still has to add some bulk to that frame to be ready for the NHL.
“You’re in juniors, you’re playing against boys still,” Dach said. “There are men in the NHL and I got to put on a little more weight.”
Dach met with the Sabres during the NHL combine in May.