Blackhawks Select Forward Colton Dach

With their second round selection (#62 overall), the Chicago Blackhawks have selected Kirby Dach’s younger brother, Colton.

Colton Dach, C/LW
6-4 / 205
Shoots: L

Ranked #95 by FCHOCKEY
Ranked #61 by TSN/BOB McKENZIE
Ranked #57 by MCKEEN’S HOCKEY
Ranked #19 by NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING (NA Skaters)
Ranked #73 by SMAHT SCOUTING

#78 overall prospect
Skating: Poor
Puck Skills: Average
Hockey Sense: Average
Compete: Average

Dach took a good step this season, becoming a top player for Saskatoon and scoring a point per game in the WHL. He’s a big center with very good puck skills who can show good flashes of playmaking to go with a good goal-scoring touch around the net. He’s fine off the puck, but Dach’s major limitation as he advances levels will be the lack of quickness in his skating and ability to generate controlled entries despite his size and skill. Once he’s in the zone he is dangerous, though. In a sentence, Dach’s size and skill give him a chance but it’s questionable whether his skating will hold up in the NHL.

#80 overall prospect
“The younger brother of 2019 third-overall pick Kirby Dach, Colton has the same big frame, which he uses well. Dach’s standout tool is probably his shot as he can absolutely let it fly. He scored 11 goals in 20 WHL games this season and is just as effective at the net front as he is with outside shots. The issue with Dach is his skating is not at a level that projects very favorably to NHL regular. I think the hands and his size can carry him a bit, he seems to have pretty good hockey sense if not spectacular. But the stride is heavy and that could scare teams away even in a draft where there’s not a ton of high-end skating talent.”

#74 overall prospect

Coming in at 6-foot-4, Dach is a decent skater for his size. He will never be known as a burner. He has above-average top-end speed. However, his first few steps and acceleration can use some improvement. Dach also has very good edgework and agility for his size. This allows him to weave in and out of traffic both with and without the puck. Dach has a long, powerful stride. It is very difficult to knock him off the puck. Dach also has excellent balance. This should only improve as he continues to add muscle to his frame. This allows him to fight through checks and control the puck down low. He is also able to win battles along the boards and in front of the net.

Offensive Game
Dach combines his size with good stickhandling ability. This allows him to protect the puck and create plays in the cycle game. He is very good down low, controlling the puck and giving his teammates time to get open. When they do get away from a defender, he can use his long reach and quickly shift the angle on his stick to open up a passing lane. Dach has the skill to get the puck to a teammate to create that opportunity. However, his passing is a little inconsistent as there are times he can miss his attempts. His vision is very good though.

Dach also has a very good wrist shot and release. He generates a lot of power on his shot. The puck is also deceptive off his stick and this creates issues for goalies. He also has a good slap shot and one-timer. Dach often plays on the point on the power play, sneaking into the top of the faceoff circles and using his wrister, or taking the slapper from the line. Dach uses his size to get to the dirty areas of the ice. When he is in front of the net, his size creates issues for goaltenders. He also has the skill to elevate the puck quickly and get it into tight areas. He also has the hand-eye coordination to tip in shots and quickly pounce on rebounds.

Defensive Game
Dach also uses his size effectively at the defensive end. His long stick cuts down passing lanes and takes away the middle of the ice. He is also willing to use his size and strength to support the defence against the cycle game and work the boards down low. Dach reads the play well and is able to cut plays off and create turnovers. While he is not a big hitter, he is willing to use his size to his advantage, leaning on opponents to win battles along the boards. He plays a very disciplined game, not getting out of position chasing the puck or a big hit. He is also good in the face-off circle for his age.

Projection and Comparison
With his size and skills and pedigree, Dach should be an intriguing prospect in this draft. Of course, he is not the sure-fire can’t miss prospect that his brother is. However, he still could be an effective middle-six player in the NHL if he reaches his potential. His versatility to play both centre and wing is intriguing. Dach will need to improve his skating to stay at centre and to take his game to the next level though. His game is very reminiscent of his brother, but this is a stylistic comparison only and not one based on skill and ability.

16 thoughts on “Blackhawks Select Forward Colton Dach

  • July 24, 2021 at 12:18 pm

    I can understand trying to make sure you don’t have another Jimmy Hayes/Kevin Hayes situation but Stan seems to be overcompensating lol..I’ll assume that our 4th round pick will be Hagel’s second cousin lol..

    Ok, jokes aside, you can never have too many 6’4” 205 pound centerman with solid playmaking skills..not sure if Dach was actually the highest player on their board or if this was a pick made in part due to the symmetry of it and the marketing potential..but at the bottom of the second round, it’s a solid pick..the Hawks have quietly build up some interesting prospects at center..not sure if we have a true number 1 yet, but Dach-Borgstrom-Dach-Kurashev down the middle could be very intriguing down the road in a few years..

  • July 24, 2021 at 12:22 pm

    Two brother acts – that would make a great story if they all play in the NHL together one day

    Colton seems like a potentially good power forward – time will tell

  • July 24, 2021 at 12:28 pm

    No smurfs, trying to fill role needs with first 2 picks, if they work out be ok with me.

  • July 24, 2021 at 12:41 pm

    getting an interesting collection of brother tandems, what is the record such pairs? wondering if this means the Hawks are talking to Rangers about Ryan.

    given the range of where he was projected, might be a decent choice at 62. certainly not the reach Nolan is; actually not sure why the picks weren’t made in the reverse order.

  • July 24, 2021 at 12:42 pm


  • July 24, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    Another brother pair. Hope they both turn into stars for the Hawks, like brothers Hull.

  • July 24, 2021 at 1:18 pm

    Like I said: It’s all about appearances.

    I was willing to give Stan Bowman the benefit of the doubt and thought McDonough should be blamed for pushing the Seabrook deal. But, like in the Wizard of Oz when Toto pulls back the curtain – it’s Bowman putting on a show.

    Seth Jones’ contract Per Cap Friendly:

    8 years x $9.5M Extension

    22-23: 750k base salary + 9.25M signing bonus
    23-24: 7.5M + 5M SB
    24-25: 7.5M + 5M SB
    25-26: 5.5M + 5M SB
    26-27: 7M + 1M SB
    27-28: 2.5M + 5M SB
    28-29: 2.5M + 5M SB
    29-30: 2.5M + 5M SB

    Full NMC Throughout

    Big Money + Long Term Deal + Full NMC = Idiocy repeating itself.

  • July 24, 2021 at 1:19 pm

    Younger Dach! He’s young and he’ll get a figure skating female coach to teach him some finer points on Stride ! Maybe spend some money on a custom made pair of CCM tacks ! As we all know it’s all about skating and those junior coaches will teach him everything else ! Also ,the older brother I’m sure will teach him a few tricks about making the show ! Good Canadian western kid ! Pops 4

  • July 24, 2021 at 1:40 pm

    Next is when Dachs ELC is over, Bowman will give him 10 mil per yr for 8 yrs and a full NMC as well….Bowman should not be left alone in negotiating contracts…. it’s obvious he has no idea what he is doing.

  • July 24, 2021 at 1:45 pm

    Stan is getting quite predictable.

    I predict that we will trade for William Nylander next.

  • July 24, 2021 at 3:53 pm

    Boy typical Bowman pick, poor skater, average everything ?????, but maybe his brother will give us a discount since we gave Seth a brinks truck?, not sure how you compete when you don’t have number 1 picks and terrible goalies and a minor league coach. Wonder how long it takes Seth to tune out Jeremy?

  • July 24, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    First one I seen with a “poor” skating comment. Hope we have a good skating coach.

  • July 25, 2021 at 9:38 am

    Theres good brothers and theres little brat brothers. This time we got the good x 2.

  • July 25, 2021 at 3:06 pm

    Tazer can play wing and do faceoffs on a top 6 line like the 20 19 81 line and be in the Hoss spot. Not sure if you want to have 19 on 3rd line as a checking player when hes 35-40 that would be better fro players like Barratt/other. Although when were deep again Barrat on a 4th line checking line would be ideal because that means we have nine top 9 players that can score like Kurachev.

    July 24, 2021 at 12:18 pm
    it’s a solid pick..the Hawks have quietly build up some interesting prospects at center..not sure if we have a true number 1 yet, but Dach-Borgstrom-Dach-Kurashev down the middle could be very intriguing down the road in a few years..

  • July 25, 2021 at 3:20 pm

    Philip/Slayer/Wrap/Ian,m yeah I like this pick its a classy move by organization to get brothers or cousins related or good friends players like.

    Kirbys brother could be better then Strome?

  • July 25, 2021 at 7:51 pm

    Mo been saying that put Toews on wing with Dach and take some of the load off of Toews, while taking advantage of his still elite faceoff skills.

    Colton be 2 or 3 years away likely but looks like he could be a power forward down the road as he said he sees his role for himself.

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