Initially touted as the “New NHL” version of Ryan Getzlaf, Dach is a right-shooting center with size and pure play-making skill that can finish when he so chooses.
Projected to go anywhere from fourth overall to eighth, Dach has the kind of overall game that suggests he will not be around by the time the Ducks select at ninth - but if either of the clubs that select from third to eighth are unsure of the overall consistency displayed by him this year, there is a chance he might fall.
Team: Saskatoon Blades
Weight: 198lb (90kg)
Age: 18 (DOB Jan 21, 2001 - St Albert, AB)
By the numbers the Albertan native finished his second full year in the WHL with 73 points in 62 games, eight points in 10 games in the postseason but most impressively; seven points in five games for Canada at the Ivan Klinka Gretzky tournament.
Dach is the total package - size, skill, play-making ability, scoring touch and a defensive side to his game befitting of a number one center. The only knocks on him appear to be related to his foot-speed and a lack of consistency shown this season where he fell into a mid-season lull, but eventually finished the year strong.
Wheeler complements the use of his length to protect the puck and keep pucks alive until faster players arrive, while Pronman re-emphasizes his high hockey-IQ but also lamented that he did not dominate the WHL all year such that his skill-set should have allowed.
It’s a no-brainer that Dach would be the perfect and quite literal replacement/clone for Ryan Getzlaf so in the potential rare instance that he does fall as far as ninth you can bet that Murray will be skipping to the podium to call his name.