TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - Kirby Dach knows his path to the NHL will be filled with twists and turns and obstacles along the way.
It's how the No. 3 overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft navigates through them that will determine when he makes his debut for the Blackhawks - which could come as soon as the '19-20 season if Dach can stay on course and impress the organization's hierarchy in the coming weeks.
Dach took a rather significant step along the road to his NHL career with a standout performance during the Blackhawks opening game of the 2019 Traverse City Prospect Tournament on Friday night. The 18-year-old did more than hold his own in helping the Blackhawks defeat the Red Wings 5-4 in overtime on Adam Boqvist's game-winning goal - Dach was arguably the best player on the ice.