Selected second overall in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft, Kirby Dach emerged as a dominant player this season. He put up 25 goals and 73 points in 62 games for the Saskatoon Blades. Dach’s strong play has led the Blades to second place in the WHL East Division, finally moving forward on the team’s long rebuild. He also put up three goals and two assists in the Blades four-game sweep of their provincial rivals from Moose Jaw in the first round of the WHL playoffs.

Dach represented Canada at last summer’s Hlinka-Gretzky Cup. He put up two goals and five assists for seven points in just five games, helping his team to the gold medal. He also played for Canada Black at last year’s Under-17 World Hockey Challenge, picking up seven points in that five-game tournament. His younger brother Colton was also drafted by Saskatoon and is expected to join the Blades in the fall.