Chicago Blackhawks lose Kirby Dach for most of the season due to wrist injury

The Blackhawks were dealt a big blow when it was revealed that Kirby Dach would require surgery on his fractured wrist. Dach suffered the injury in an exhibition match at the WJC.

Chicago Blackhawks: Kirby Dach out 4 to 5 months

“Today, Blackhawks forward Kirby Dach underwent successful surgery in Chicago to repair a right wrist fracture he sustained on December 23 at the World Junior Championships in Edmonton,” team physician Dr. Michael Terry said in a released statement. “We expect Kirby to return to hockey-related activities in approximately four to five months.”

The third overall pick in 2019 will miss almost the entirety of this season. A hit for the Hawks but to Dach’s own personal development. He is their future and Jonathan Toews heir apparent as the top center for the franchise.

Kirby Dach
Hawks lose Dach (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Second guessing the move

A lot was written against the New York Rangers for opting to not send first overall selection, Alexis Lafreniere to the WJC. They received a little extra criticism for not sending Kaapo Kakko as well.

Currently, those critics are no where to be found. Injuries can happen at anytime, but Rangers president John Davidson was clear that the he just didn’t feel it was worth the risk.