The Chicago Blackhawks will need to re-sign rookie forward Dominik Kubalik in the offseason. Here’s an idea of how much Kubalik will be worth.
Dominik Kubalik is currently being paid $925,000. Kubalik’s contract ends this summer. He is second in team goals, behind Patrick Kane. The Chicago Blackhawks need to keep him on the roster. Kubalik adds a scoring touch to the lineup like no other.
Kubalik’s skill makes him flexible. He can play on either wing and be successful. He’s a true four-line player. No matter what player he’s with, he’ll find success.
He’s found his most success on lines with either Kane or Jonathan Toews. If you asked me before the season on what player would compete with Kane in goals scored, I’d say Alex DeBrincat. That’s not the case at all.
Kubalik has 22 goals in 55 games. He leads all rookies in goals scored. He is also top five in points among all rookies. He is a clear candidate for rookie of the year. If the Blackhawks can get out of their current slump, he might get the award the way he’s playing.
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For example, DeBrincat’s contract will be $6,400,000 AAV next season. Even though Kubalik has had the better season, he isn’t worth that type of money yet. I could see him signing a multi-year deal worth $3,500,000 AAV.
The benefit for the Blackhawks is, Kubalik is an RFA. If they can’t come to terms right away, they don’t have to worry about losing him. It can be the same situation Brendan Perlini was in last year.
Perlini and the Blackhawks didn’t sign a deal up until the beginning of the season. Now, Perlini plays for the Red Wings.
Kubalik has a chance to be apart of the future of the Blackhawks for a long time. As long as he isn’t a one-year wonder, I’m excited to have him here for years to come.
Let’s just see how the rest of the season plays out for him and the Blackhawks. If they make the playoffs, it’ll be hard not to name him “Rookie of the Year.”