Blackhawks draft high-scoring center Kirby Dach


VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – JUNE 21: Kirby Dach poses for a portrait after being selected third overall by the Chicago Blackhawks during the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft at Rogers Arena on June 21, 2019 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Kevin Light/Getty Images)

CHICAGO, IL — The Chicago Blackhawks selected forward Kirby Dach from the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League with the third overall pick in the first round of the National Hockey League Draft at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia Friday night.

Dach, 18, finished third on the Blades with 73 points (25G, 48A) in 62 regular-season games during the 2018-19 season. His 48 assists ranked second and his 25 goals ranked third among Saskatoon skaters. Dach added five goals and three assists while helping Saskatoon to the WHL conference semifinals.

The 6-foot-4, 198-pound center led all WHL rookies with 39 assists and finished fourth in rookie scoring with 46 points during the 2017-18 campaign. He also netted seven markers during the year. Spanning three seasons (2017-19) with the Blades, Dach registered 129 points (38G, 91A) in 133 regular-season games.

A native of St. Albert, Alberta, Dach made his international debut with Canada at the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. He finished second on the team in scoring with seven points (1G, 6A) in five games during the tournament. Dach also helped his country win a gold medal at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup, registering two goals and five helpers.

The 2019 NHL Draft continues tomorrow, June 22, with rounds 2-7 beginning at 12 p.m. CT. with coverage on NHL Network and Sportsnet. The Blackhawks hold five picks (No. 43, No. 105, No. 123, No. 167, No. 194) in rounds 2-7.

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