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).