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2019 Draft Countdown No. 6: Kirby Dach

Welcome to Canucks Army’s 2019 Draft Countdown. Over the next four weeks leading up to the draft, we’ll be rounding up scouting reports, quotes, and videos about our Top-100 prospects available. Here is an aggregated profile on Kirby Dach.

Kirby Dach

Date of birth: January 21st, 2001

Nation: Canada

Position: Centre

Shoots: R

Height: 6’4″ / 193 cm

Weight: 198 lbs / 90 kg

Profile: A right-shot centerman with outstanding skill, Dach has all the making of a No.1 centre at the NHL level. He has great size, high hockey IQ and can be used in all situations. Dach lacks explosive speed, but his vision and playmaking ability is among the best in the 2019 Draft Class. Consistency issues have some scouts projecting Dach to fall out of the top-10, while others have him going in the top five. Truly a top-10 wildcard entering the Draft. 

A pass-first centre who owns great awareness and deft puck skills. Uses his body well to protect the puck and exploit seams. He lacks explosiveness with his skating and can stand to play with more pace at times. But this is a player with a huge upside. Can pile up points in bunches. Smart. – Cam Robinson, Dobber Prospects 

Dach is both highly intelligent and smooth, which allows him to be one of the more gifted playmakers in the draft despite a lack of explosive skating. – Chris Peters, ESPN

Got an early taste in the “Dub” when injuries befell the forwards on Saskatoon, and showed off his competitive nature and was able to set up and score goals as a 16 year old, and displays smarts, size, good feet and a 200 foot commitment. Not a speedster, but has a great stick and soft hands as a high-end playmaker. Can control the pace and the play. Another wing-centre who is very strong on his skates and can move with above average speed while he maintains possession using his soft hands to find open line mates when he has the puck, and quickly ghost into quiet soft areas to receive returns and scoring looks. When watching a guy this big, you think he is going to get held up but he seems to keep driving effortless keeping the defenders away from the puck with his long reach and staying in motion while he supports the play. He avoids attackers with side-stepping and a quick stick. He follows the action but the action tends to follow him too. Strong in so many phases of the game already, he is always close to attackers in his end nudging close deterring their advance. Is a regular of the PK and PP. I think there is upside as a pro scorer, but many of his goals will continue to come with plays he started where he positioned himself between the circles, stick on the ice, and wasn’t stopped. He is able to read coverages, make sharp cuts, by driving into the turns. His edge work keeps him away from closing traffic, and frequently leaving him uncovered in the dirty areas. Plenty of room to imagine him as blossoming as a scorer as well as set-up guy. May project as an NHL centre. Big guy with big strong wrists, who gets in close and difficult to move out from the front or take the puck away from. It might take time but no NHL team is going to pass on big man with these tools.  – Bill Placzek, Draft Site

Big-bodied playmaking center with outstanding passing skills and soft hands who is one of the best draft-eligible players at incorporating all his teammates into the attack. Dach has a tremendous wingspan and reach that help him maintain control the puck for lengthy periods inside the offensive zone. He is a confident puck carrier up ice, and you’ll rarely see him advance via direct routes. Dach can create time and space using a variety of methods on zone entries, and he can stutter-step defenders out of position. All these traits force opponents to back away from him, which provides him with the opportunity to unleash a wicked wrist shot. Still, Dach certainly is more of a set-up man than a shooter, and you can make a strong argument that he is the best saucer-passer of any forward prospect.

Dach has elusiveness for a big man, and his agility in tight spaces allows him to outmaneuver pesky opponents. His straight-line speed is average but deceptive, and his skating style and stride appears a bit choppy and short. Nonetheless, Dach has no problem inserting himself into a rush or initiating one himself, and you can count on him to create several odd-man chances each game. He can run a power play from the half wall and has confidence in his passes from either forehand or backhand, and he can sense when the time is right to make a decisive pay during a stagnant possession. Defensively, Dach will pressure the points, and he relies on his long stick to break up plays. He is, however, neither physical nor consistent on draws. Dach will drop down to support his defensemen, but he’ll dig for loose pucks rather than use his strength to knock it free. – Steve Kournianos, The Draft Analyst

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  • Fred-65

    The strange thing about this draft is the variable this year. Players such as Caufield, Broberg and Podkolzin could be wild cards. Some have them ranked higher than others so the 3-10 pick has multiple different combinations. Vcr may well get a player they actually ranked 5th fall to them at 10th. I can’t say I can remember this situation before. I just hope they look for skill and foremost

  • apr

    Every team says they pick best player, but once the consensus picks are done, its almost always based on need. See Kotkienemi and Hayton last year. I can see Dach and Cozens sliding a little bit because the need for goals and D among the teams picking 5 to 10 is very high. And I wouldn’t put it past Buffalo or Edmonton to go completely off the board and pick Knight. Canucks could be legit looking at Prebs, Newhook, Cozens, Dach, Boldly at 10.

    • Fred-65

      exactly, players that prognosticator are rating higher may fall to the Canucks. They may well get a player they had listed at 5 falls to the tenth spot 🙂 very interesting

  • Locust

    The first two picks are locked. That leaves seven more before #10 and at least one if not two will go off of BPA and pick for need.
    That should leave us a couple of guys we had slotted below #10, to get at #10.
    As long as our pick is not Caulfield, I’m good.

    • Cageyvet

      I assume it’s Caulfield’s size that makes you say that? He’s intriguing as hell, but I think he’d be a better addition to Winnipeg, for example, than the Canucks. They’ve got size in their skilled forwards already, a smaller guy with that much skill is a gamble they could afford. I really hope that we get someone with some size at number 10, doesn’t have to be huge, but too small makes our team two-dimensional.