Centre could go as high as top five; no Blades player has been a top-five selection since 1988.

There is a lot of anticipation in Kirby Dach's world these days.

There's the anticipation of taking part in his first Western Hockey League playoffs with his Saskatoon Blades starting  March 22 and the anticipation of getting a call to try out for next year's world junior team.

Then there's the anticipation of being a potential top-five pick in this June's NHL entry draft.

Dach was ranked No. 2 among North American skaters in the NHL Central Scouting Bureau's mid-season rankings, behind only the U.S.'s Jack Hughes.

"I always wanted to be a hockey player," said Dach, sitting in the Blades dressing room. "I'm pretty close to making that a reality."

No Blades player has been a top-five selection in the NHL entry draft since Curtis Leschyshyn was chosen No. 3 by the Quebec Nordiques way back in 1988. Before that it was 1985 when Wendel Clark was the No. 1 overall pick by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Combine Dach's 6-foot-4, 200-pound frame with his skill set, hockey IQ and compete level and you have every NHL team coming to watch him play.