This year’s Blackhawks’ top draft pick, forward Kirby Dach says he doesn’t know how long he’ll play in Rockford during his conditioning stint, but he certainly hopes to learn as much as possible from the team’s veterans like forward Kris Versteeg. Dach says they’ve known each other for a couple years now. The two most recently got to skate together over the summer. Similar to other veterans, Versteeg has helped the rookie learn how to improve both as a player and person.
“Chris is everything he’s been advertised [as],” Dach said. “He’s smart and he’s skilled. For how old he is, he can move pretty well up and down the ice. … Versteeg’s been in the league and out of the league for a long time, so to kind of learn from him and see what it’s like to be an everyday pro, it’s going to be good for me. Just trying to take a little advice and be a sponge with the coaching staff and the older guys.”
According to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Dach is allowed to play with the IceHogs for up to 14 days for conditioning purposes. He was assigned to the team on Saturday, October 12th.