Detroit Red Wings: What Fans Need To Know For the 2019 NHL Draft

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Perhaps Byram could get picked before the Detroit Red Wings even get a chance to pick him, and the same situation arises for Kirby Dach. The expectation is that Dach will be picked fourth or fifth, but if he slips to sixth, he should be left on the board rather than selected.

Kirby Dach is a six-foot-four centerman who has spent parts of the last three years with the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL with Byram and Cozens. The issue with Dach is the gaps in production and lack of consistency, which has finally developed this season. Through nineteen games he had ten points for the Blades in 2016-17. He followed that up with forty-six points through fifty-two games in the 2017-18 season which was a nice boost for Dach.

This season was a bit more consistent, over a point a game which is always good. Dach managed to score twenty-five goals with forty-eight assists for seventy-three points over sixty-two games for the Blades. Some people worry about Dach being able to consistently score at the NHL level after some questions with the varying numbers with the Blades, although 2016-17 cannot be faulted due to only playing nineteen games.

Dach’s abilities as a play-making centerman and an excellent passer are what carry his interest from scouts. The scouts have been all too excited to rave about Dach’s ability to find the open man with his tape-to-tape passing. One scout noted that Dach will be “running a power-play from the outside” eventually which sounds all to great. Dach’s makeup as a player has been raved about which hypes him up to a fourth or fifth pick; it’s the scoring numbers that might keep Yzerman shying away if he falls to sixth.