On Tuesday evening, the Saskatoon Blades and Kelowna Rockets of the WHL executed a trade involving Chicago Blackhawks 2021 second-round pick Colton Dach.
Following reports that Dach wanted a trade from the Blades a few days ago, the 62nd overall pick from this year’s NHL Draft had his request met and will be heading to Kelowna. The trade is one-for-one with Dach going to the Rockets and Trevor Wong heading to the Blades.
— The WHL (@TheWHL) September 28, 2021
For those wondering, the transaction has no bearing on Dach’s status with the Blackhawks. He remains with Chicago.
From Bruce Hamilton, President and General Manager of the Kelowna Rockets, on the addition of Dach:
“Colton is going to bring some things to our team that are going to be important to us, he shoots the puck well, I think he’s going to mature a lot as a player here now that he has an NHL training camp under his belt. We’re going to expect him to come in here and have a leadership role with our group in the near future.”
“When you make a deal of this size, battleship for battleship, we’re certainly giving up a young player that we’ve thought an awful lot of. Trevor was our first-round pick a few years ago and a real special person, but I think with where our team is, I thought that size was going to be an issue when we play big physical teams. I wanted to get something done earlier rather than later.”
“Battleship for Battleship” is my new favorite saying.
Dach tallied 11 goals and 20 points in 20 WHL games for the Blades last season. He is currently playing with the Blackhawks in training camp, but will head to Kelowna soon as the WHL season is set to begin on October 8th for the Rockets.