Kirby Dach Nearing Return

On Saturday afternoon the Blackhawks made an exciting announcement.

Forward Kirby Dach, the third overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, has been activated from his injured/non-roster designation. The Blackhawks assigned him to Rockford for conditioning purposes.

17 thoughts on “Kirby Dach Nearing Return

  1. Interesting – I wouldn’t have thought they could do that given his age and junior status

    I guess that also means he can play in RKF games

    Who knows if there’s a limit on number of games a conditioning stint in the minors can be?

  2. According to a tweet from the Icehogs Dach is in the line up tonight vs Grand Rapids – that’s exciting!

    Let’s see how he does

  3. As far as I can tell a player can be on a conditioning assignment in the minors for a maximum of 14 days – CBA section 13.8

    The conditioning assignment can only happen with the players consent so obviously Dach gave his consent

  4. MS – you could be right – it wasn’t clear in what I read if those were rules from the most current CBA

  5. It will be fun to see him play once he gets here, but I fully expect him to spend the bulk of the year back in junior.

  6. Actually I now see both options discussed with the 3 games/6 days for players who were on long term IR. I will leave it to Ian to clarify.

  7. I re-read the info from capfriendly and the 3 games/6 days is only for players coming off LTIR which Dach was not on – he was just on IR so I believe the other rules applies to him ie. a maximum of 14 days conditioning assignment

  8. Jordy – we’ll see when Dach plays, first in the AHL and then hopefully in the NHL whether he’s ready or not

    I know I haven’t seen enough of him to know one way or the other – my expectation is only that his performance decides his fate not his age

  9. This is an excellent move. It gives Dach some games to get up to game speed without having to jump right into the NHL which could possibly cost the Hawks if he isn’t ready. Give him 2 or 3 games in Rockford then call him up and start the 9-game tryout. I wonder if King has been told which position he should play – wing or center? He was subbing in on Toews’ wing at practice yesterday so maybe the Hawks want to start him at wing before throwing centerman responsibilities at him.

    In any case – it will be nice to see him in action after about a month since his injury.

  10. Just like a player that would normally have to be placed on waivers to go to the AHL. Conditioning assignment circumvents other rules

  11. I wonder how many games in Rockford he is allowed to play before he go in Nhl ?
    2-5-10 games ? ?
    Very good news but he belong in Junior after 9 games
    Or they keep for 15-20 games and send him to Rockford 40games or more till the playoff …iff he is ready …. Bang !playoff experience with big team or Rockford.
    Lose almost a full year but can be resign cheaper in 3 years .
    Belong in junior but would learn faster in Rockford ..big time .
    Gus ..start where he dinish last year…. 2 games …3 pts plus 2
    Need more time on defense but i think Hawks should try to keep him with a bridge contract similar to D Cat. ( but at 3-4 millions )
    Gus will not get worst with time i think and he can be a top offensive player for long time .

  12. Miroslav no the 14 day conditioning in rfd doesn’t count toward his 10 game elc limit. They play 5 games in that time, playing 4c tonight to start.

  13. Watched about half the icehogs game online. Lots of line juggling going on. Dach played a bit with Saarela and Quenneville as well as Moutrey and Hagel to start. Was strong on his skates. Tried receiving a puck off balance while getting hit, and the grand rapids player took the worst of it. Another time he lost the draw but the puck came back to him, took a cross-check for a penalty in the o-zone but still held on to the puck. He won every 50/50 board battle and stayed in front of the net when they were cycling. Big man.

    The bad…watched all of the 3rd period and parts of the 1st and 2nd. Went 0-7 at the dot.

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