The Blackhawks had high hopes when they selected Kirby Dach third overall in the 2019 draft. Just three years later, and despite being 21, they determined the Albertan would not be part of their rebuilding.
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“There are always rumors left and right, but I didn’t really expect that. It was a bit of a shock, “she admitted, the day after the operation, during a video conference.
Despite the surprise, the main stakeholder admitted that his short stay in the Windy City was punctuated by ups and downs. Which may have prompted Hawks’ staff to sever ties with him.
In his defense, Dach suffered a serious wrist injury during the 2021 World Junior Championships. Captain of the Canadian team, the center player even had to undergo surgery.
In his first full season since returning from injury, the 6-foot-4, 197-pound giant has scored 26 points, including nine goals, in 70 games.
The reputation of St. Louis
For him, this move to the Canadiens is an opportunity to start over.
“It will be good for me to start this new beginning. I know I can be offensive, smart with the puck and make plays, but I also want to be that reliable center who plays both ways, carries a heavy center presence and is able to skate. . “
Dach is convinced that the Canadian is the perfect organization to allow him to develop these qualities. Without even asking why, he points out the presence of Martin St-Louis.
“I talked to some players. They love Martin. I think I’ll get along with him and he’ll help me improve and become a dominant player, “he said.
“Martin is respected throughout the championship. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to play for him, “she added.
Confident in the future
Like the Blackhawks, the Canadian is in a period of reconstruction. For this reason we shouldn’t expect to see the team aspire to great honors for a few years.
However, there seems to be a positive atmosphere within the group of players. As if we had faith in the future and, above all, in the top of the team.
This is what Dach seems to have felt when talking to some of these new teammates.
With the management, the team of coaches and the many young people who are part of this organization, the Canadiens are on the right track. I can’t wait for September to come, “she said.
A united team
When wearing the colors of the Canadian, Dach had, among his teammates, Ryan Suzuki (Nick’s brother), Justin Barron and Kaiden Guhle.
Additionally, on Thursday night Kent Hughes said he reached out to Barron to find out more about the forward he was about to acquire.
“I haven’t talked to Justin yet. On the other hand, I’ve been training with Kaiden for four or five years. We are good friends. When we heard the news, we were texting at the same time. It was a good time, she said with a smile on her face. Other guys also wrote to me. It is fun to receive these words of welcome. It’s like I’m already part of the team. He makes me feel like the group is united. “
It doesn’t replace talent or experience, but it’s already a good first ingredient for success.