For Day 16 of our 25 Chicago Blackhawks in 25 Days series, we focus on a new face, Dominik Kubalik.
Out of all the new faces on the Chicago Blackhawks’ roster, Kubalik might be the most unknown. That was until last night’s preseason game against the Detroit Red Wings.
Let’s jump in and get you all acquainted with a potential breakout player in 2019-20, Dominik Kubalik.
Player Spotlight: Dominik Kubalik
Dominik Kubalik is 24-years-old and has played the last few seasons in the National League. Kubalik put up 57 points in 50 games last season for HC Ambrì-Piotta and was named MVP. Kubalik has the potential to be something in the NHL, similar to what Artemi Panarin accomplished when he joined the Chicago Blackhawks.
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Kubalik has some connections to the Blackhawks. He is an old teammate of David Kampf and ex-Blackhawks’ player Dominik Kahun. The Blackhawks are lucky to have this goal-scoring winger on their team, but how did he get here?
Dominik Kubalik was drafted in the 7th round by the Los Angeles Kings back in 2013. He stayed loyal to his club in Switzerland and did not sign with the Kings upon being drafted. Being a 7th round pick, there was little hope Kubalik would ever make the jump to the NHL.
Following a breakout season last year, Kubalik’s stock is rapidly rising. Stan Bowman, who has been known for his overseas scouting in the past, jumped on the opportunity to add Kubalik to the lineup. Kubalik has size, speed, and skill. What more could the Blackhawks possibly want?
Dominik Kubalik might just be a hidden gem for the Blackhawks, but where will he be in the lineup in 16 days?
To me, Kubalik can play anywhere in the Blackhawks top-9. I could see him on the wing with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane or alongside Dylan Strome and Alex DeBrincat. I could even see him on the Blackhawks’ 3rd line creating scoring chances.
Just based off of his overall skill chart and size, I would like to see Kubalik giving the opportunity to play alongside Jonathan Toews on the Blackhawks’ top line. The Blackhawks will look to Kubalik for some depth scoring next season.
With only 16 days until the 2019-20 season begins, I can hardly wait to see where Kubalik is at come October 4th.