25 thoughts on “Blackhawks Sign Kirby Dach

  1. He could be a special player- with some great mentorship from some of the seasoned guys!
    Hawks definitely have sone depth, and some options at almost all positions- except maybe Defensively where Keith and Seabrook are still, IMO, wildcards.
    More than ever, great coaching will be critical this year to maximize the potential in all of the players AND managing/OPTIMIZING their ice time ( 5 on 5, SH, PP ) to get the “most” out of the “right” 22 players!
    We, the bleacher cheering staff, await with “baited breath”- GO HAWKS!!

  2. Someone or some bodies will have to be moved. The Hawks are right up against the cap I believe. I’m getting an ominous feeling that Perlini won’t be signed or he’s the sweetner to any team taking Asminov.

  3. Looks like he’ll get a shot. Kahuns bonus room for Maattas caphit gives overage room to carry them, if Perlini and Anisimov go, gotta think its making room for him is part of it. Having enough defensemen they can send Boqvist back to juniors would keep another $850,000 in bonus space clear, Joki in Ahl keeps another $425,000 clear ifDach has max bonuses they’ll be in 5.55m overage range with him Debrincat and Strome.

  4. Very good for the kid
    But still going to play in junior next october after a few game with Nhl players

  5. Dach is signed, sealed and delivered – good news.

    I’d be surprised if Boqvist goes back to JRs. I’ll bet he spends the year in Rockford and maybe gets a few games during the season to give him a taste. I’m pretty sure London isn’t counting on him coming back – they already had their Euro draft and didn’t leave a slot for him (I’m sure they would free up a slot for him if he wanted to spend next season in London – but they’re not planning on it).

  6. Wrap, I didnt know what to think at first because of 95% of everybody everwhere wanted Byram or Turcotte / Zegrass. I to think Dach is the better overall player of these draft top 5 players. I think now that Dach will be one of the best elite players in league and these others guys, could be.

  7. If we really wanted Byram or other we would have picked him. Theres a reason and its because Bowman and crew think Dach will be the better overall player when thes top 5 players are established, in the prime yrs and prime of prime yrs. I wasnt sure at first but after a couple wks it feels right, that our guys got it right.

  8. Big lad – fills out the sweater nicely which is good to see after previous years’s parade of smurfs and scarecrows.

  9. EB you may be right but Boqvist is on loan to them, they don’t own his rights. So may explain what your saying. Time will tell i guess.

  10. Ian, CHL teams can have only so many non-NA players on their roster (I think it’s 3 but not sure) – so the CHL teams have a draft of non-NA (mostly Euro) players and like the NHL – the CHL team that drafts a player then owns the CHL rights to that player (not NHL – just CHL). So if a player wants to play in the CHL – he has to play on the team that drafted him or traded his rights to another team. It’s a complicated system that I don’t fully understand but the point is if London thought Boqvist was going to come back and play for them they would have used one of those “Euro-slots” for him – but they didn’t which tells me they’re pretty sure he’s not coming back to the CHL next season.

  11. Perlini is a mercurial player – totally unpredictable. There seems to be high highs and low lows with nothing in the in between. His speed, size and shot are all very good, but he plays to his potential only a relatively small percentage of the time – so he can’t be counted on.

    It’s a risk/reward proposition. I think the potential reward is worth the risk of re-signing him. Hopefully Stan gets it worked out.

  12. If Boqvist doesn’t go back to juniors, rosters are far from finalized yet, but if he does it would lead you believe Joki could be shopped to other teams. Which really wouldn’t be surprising all things considered.

  13. Rockford’s d-corps could be: Joki, Boqvist, Beaudin, Carlsson, Gilbert, Krys and Tuulola. Probably one of Dahlstrom or Koekkoek will be there too – that makes (8) d-men. Looking at the Rockford roster from last season – the d-men who played in Rockford not listed above are all gone (I think) – Daddysh, Hillman, Campbell, Rutta, McArdle, Forsling, Davidson, Osipov, Snuggerud, and Manning. Even if one or two of them are still with Rockford – they could be sent to Indy.

    I don’t see why Joki would be traded just because Boqvist plays in Rockford and I hope he isn’t.

  14. Ian – why the sudden change in thoughts about Joki? You have been one of the strongest supporters of his game and have been a reliable advocate for his being a major part of the NHL club, even this coming year? This seems like a big reversal for you.

    Personally, I see him as more of a project than most other fans here, but I do hope he can be a strong middle pair guy down the road.

  15. Huh? Trade Joki? He has the best 200 foot game of any defensive prospect in the org and he has already proven he can play in the NHL. He was our best defender for the first part of last year until (as was inevitable given his ice time) he wore down. He does not have the offensive ceiling of Boqvist, but that’s about the only place where he is not our top (and, so far, most proven) prospect. He had his ups and downs last year (who doesn’t at 19), but all in all he had a terrific first year. Total keeper. Let’s not go all Monty Hall just because Stan has been making moves.

  16. Yea I am keeping Buckaroo and Bo all the way. Those guys and Dach are vital in another Cup. Beau and Mitch would be extreme deepness, so we might trade one of these two to get a young FW thats really good player. If Buckaroo is only a 2nd pair, then be fine with trading him, but I think hes a #2 or #3 lock. If hes a #4 then fine.

  17. Not sure why there is any talk of trading Jokiharyu, that makes zero sense. He just turned 20 years old, he is clearly not close to being a finished product, he is by far the best and most NHL ready blue line prospect in the system and he is waivers exempt so he gives the team roster flexibility. Bowman got a lot of criticism for not developing someone who could be moved into the top four to replace guys like Oduya, Campbell and Hammer. Well Joki is that guy. When the Sharks signed Hjalmarsson to the offer sheet and the Hawks matched it, it took almost two full years for him to become the guy we lament being traded. And during those couple of years there was a lot of talk that perhaps the Hawks made a mistake in matching it. But time proved out. The same will happen with Joki, he will be a fixture on the Hawks blue line for a long time.

  18. I hope that Joki is on the roster and in the lineup this season. He has a complete NHL game and is physically more mature then the other d-man prospects. This guy is the future top shutdown d-man who also has good offensive upside. You don’t trade a guy like that away at 20 years old.
    Dach could make the roster or play another year in juniors . However I think that the Hawks see in Dach every bit the future superstar that they found in Kane and Toews and will give him every chance to be in the starting lineup opening night. Look the Cat stepped right in and was successful so why not?

  19. Welcome Kirby Dach, our soon-to-be core franchise center. Gonna be a great all-around player. Just try getting the puck away from him. Will wear down the opposition.

    Lot of smart posts on how good Joki is and will be. Wanting to shop him is ridiculous. We didn’t draft Byram. Boq and Beau need to learn to play D. Joki already does this well and is only 20. Want to trade a D player? Feel free to suggest Dahl, KK, Gus, or Murphy.

  20. Big fan of Jokiharju and hope he does become a star defenceman for years. Just as i said before i just have to wonder how Bowman and Colliton actually see his future with the team.

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