Ouch: Kirby Dach Will Miss 4-5 Months After Undergoing Wrist Surgery

Ed. Note – Our Blackhawks coverage is coming! We won’t fully launch until January with a fantastic lead writer in tow, but this was major news that I wanted to get out in the interim.

Well, that’s the second time we’ve had to have that disclaimer atop an early Bleacher Nation Blackhawks post. And unfortunately, just like last time, it’s because this sufficiently big and sufficiently bad news was too big and too bad not to cover.

Just five days after learning that 22-year-old forward Alex Nylander would miss 4-6 months following knee surgery, the Blackhawks are also losing their 19-year-old, No. 2 center:

Sigh.

Dach, of course, was the third overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft and was expected to be one of the key pieces for the Blackhawks moving forward (if not at least one of the lone, obvious, long-term bright spots for a franchise in transition on both the ice and in the front office). But Dach hurt his wrist playing in for Team Canada at the World Junior Championship.

Here’s the play in case you missed it:

And here’s the Blackhawks official update:

This is another extreme bummer for the Blackhawks, whose rebuild is looking more rebuild-y every day. We’ll have much more when Bleacher Nation Blackhawks launches after the new year.

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Michael Cerami began covering the Chicago Cubs for Bleacher Nation as a part-time contributor in 2015. One year later, he joined Bleacher Nation full-time, covering the Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball. Today, Michael runs Bleacher Nation, contributing as a writer (Cubs, MLB) and an editor for all sections of the site, including the Chicago Bears, Bulls, and Blackhawks, as well as MLB, NBA, NHL, and NFL. In 2019, Michael was the co-host of NBC Sports Chicago's Cubs Post-Game Show Outside the Ivy. You can find him on Twitter/X @Michael_Cerami

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