Joined: Jun 2019
I’ll admit, I can give a slight sliver of sympathy for Dach’s injury being a cause for his current status. It is still concerning to me that it happened in a wjc tune up game, but that’s still largely a fluke.
However, my opinion on Dach on the whole hasn’t changed very much if at all this season. He has tools, and he has promise, but I have to mirror exo’s comments on his skating for one point. The focused effort isn’t there still. Also, unless he’s changed it up in recent games, Dach’s desire to deke through everyone still drives me crazy. I don’t much care how good his hands are if he’s not using them productively and responsibly. I do believe that him playing with Brandon Hagel has been a massive help because Hagel is honestly someone Dach should look up to in terms of effort and relentlessness. That all being said, I am still deeply concerned about how he’ll play without Kane on this team. Him playing with Hagel, though, has been a decent start.
Even I’d never call Dach a bust, and I never have used that word. I just am not convinced, to this day, that he’s exactly what the hawks need going forward or will lead them to a cup.