Dominik Kubalik Named Calder Finalist

On Tuesday morning the NHL announced the three finalists for the 2019?20 Calder Memorial Trophy.

Blackhawks left wing Dominik Kubalik is joined by Vancouver Canucks defenseman Quinn Hughes and Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar as the three top rookies in the NHL.

Kubalik, 24, led all rookies with 30 goals in 68 games. He is the first Czech-born player in NHL history to lead rookies in goals. He is also the third to reach the 30?goal plateau as a rookie, joining Petr Klima (32 in 1985-86) and Petr Prucha (30 in 2005-06).

Only three NHL rookies have scored more even-strength goals than Kubalik’s 26 in the last 20 years: Auston Matthews (32), Alex Ovechkin (28) and Patrik Laine (27).

Kubalik also led all 2019-20 rookies and ranked seventh in the entire NHL with a 19.1 shooting percentage. He ranked among the top 10 rookies in shots on goal (1st; 157), points (3rd; 46), power-play goals (t-6th; 4), game-winning goals (t?6th; 3), assists (t-9th; 16) and power-play points (t-10th; 8).

He could become the first Czech-born player to earn the Calder Trophy as well as the 10th Blackhawks player to to be named the league’s top rookie.

Kubalik is the fifth rookie in Blackhawks history to reach the 30-goal milestone after Steve Larmer (43 in 1982-83), Darryl Sutter (40 in 1980-81), Eric Daze (30 in 1995?96) and Artemi Panarin (30 in 2015-16).

7 thoughts on “Dominik Kubalik Named Calder Finalist

  1. Three things:

    1) Totally deserved

    2) How about a new contract

    3) He belongs on a line with Jonny (can’t believe JC would break them up)

  2. Hope he wins it, deserves too. If Hughes or Kappo put up those numbers, they’d likely be a clear favourite.

  3. Congrats to Kubalik. My guess is he won’t win it but still a nice recognition. It also couldn’t hurt in Pius Suter’s decision which NHL team to sign with seeing a guy who played in the Swiss League last season was given ample ice time with the Hawks to be a Calder finalist.

    Question – does this mean additional bonus money for Kubalik which would be more “overage” to cut into the Hawks’ 2020/21 salary cap?

  4. EB those are B bonus and Kubalik just has A bonuses in his contract so no it doesn’t. He will a $212,500 of his bonuses for goals and another $212,500 for plus minus i think and would give him $425,000. Don’t see anymore earned.

    Final caphit according to new agreement signed will assume players who can be loaned off roster were loaed on march 12th. So Hagel, Carlsson, Beaudin and i think Boqvist salaries are deducted from final caphit, with 2.5m retained for Lehner they should come in around 78.8m, possibly a little higher depending if penalties for running part of the year over bonus potential mximum apply. That gives them possibly 2.7m room for bonuses so hopefully be no overages happening.

  5. 30 goals how can you not. Prob be the Hughes guy because of name/to get more interest in the sport.

    They might think after Bread Man why are Blackhawks allowed to get players a few yrs in winning rookie of the yr. So because Bread got it already others of ours like this wont.

    Pretty impressive that Bread Debrincat Kubalik walk in first yrs and score 30/plus.

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