Blackhawks’ winger Dominik Kubalik put together an outstanding rookie campaign during the 2019-20 NHL season. The Czech Republic native posted an impressive stat line of 30 goals and 16 assists over 68 games in his first season with the Hawks.
Those numbers were good enough to make him a finalist for the Calder Trophy, which is awarded annually to “the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League.”
Kubalik was in good company, as electrifying Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar and Canucks’ blue line phenom Quinn Hughes rounded out the field of Calder finalists.
Ahead of game two of the Stanley Cup Final, the NHL announced the winners of its most prominent awards — the Calder Memorial Trophy (top rookie), Hart Memorial Trophy (MVP), James Norris Memorial Trophy (top defenseman), Ted Lindsay Award (most outstanding regular-season player), and the Vezina Trophy (top goalie).
Dominik Kubalik did not end up taking home the hardware, as Cale Makar was awarded the Calder Trophy.
Makar posted 12 goals and 38 assists over 57 games to provide an offensive spark from the back end for the Avalanche all season.
Kubalik finished third in Calder Trophy voting.
While Kubalik came up short of the ultimate rookie recognition, that doesn’t discredit his contributions to the 2019-20 Blackhawks. He ranked third in team scoring (46 points) behind only Patrick Kane (84 points) and Jonathan Toews (60 points). Not too shabby for a rookie who wasn’t even on the Calder radar at the beginning of the season.