Kirby Dach Scouting Report
- Upside: Top Line Playmaking Center
- Floor: Top Line Playmaking Center
- Comparable: Ryan Getzlaf
This is my scouting report on Saskatoon Blades center Kirby Dach. When I got my first look at Dach, I thought to myself “hey that guy plays just like Ryan Getzlaf”. Sometimes it’s tough finding comparables for players, not with this guy. Later on, I came to find out that Getzlaf is Dach’s favourite player and he patterns his game after him. Makes sense and he fits the bill completely.
Kirby Dach is a cerebral player who is a fantastic playmaker and a gifted puck-handler. He is strong on the cycle and protects the puck very well. He’s a very good skater and boasts excellent offensive awareness; he knows where his teammates are and where they are going to be and has the skills to distribute the puck on time and on target. The way he passes the puck is definitely his strongest asset as he can fool defenders with nifty feeds to linemates setting them up for scoring chances.
He is a very smart player who has a knack for takeaways and he knows how to use his size to his advantage to rub opponents out of the play. He possesses great dekes and dangles and uses his 6’4” frame to gain an advantage when battling with defenders.
During the season, I had a few discussions about Dach with some people that aren’t really that high on him. They were suggesting that his play had been somewhat inconsistent during the year and maybe stagnated a little. While I feel that is debatable what isn’t debatable is Dach’s play during the playoffs. He cranked it up a notch and he was phenomenal. He raised his intensity and his overall play and was a force out there that was tough for opposing teams to handle. I already really liked the player prior to the playoffs but I was sold when I saw him play in the playoffs.
All-in-all, the package that is Kirby Dach has to be very appealing to teams picking early in the NHL draft. He is probably a year or two away from an NHL debut as going back to junior will only help him improve and develop but should the right team choose him that can probably insulate him, I could see him making his debut sooner rather than later. I feel this player is a home run pick and that’s why I have him ranked where I do.
I think the Ryan Getzlaf comparable is an easy one and very fitting since they both play the same style of game. A big, talented playmaker, who’s a leader, a point producer and isn’t afraid to get involved physically when the game calls for it.
- TSN – #5
- Central Scouting – #3 NAS
- ISS – #11
- Future Considerations – #7
- McKeens – #4
- THN – #4
- Craig Button – #12
- Hockey Prospect – #8
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