Chicago Blackhawks: Dominik Kubalik’s current odds for Calder Trophy
By Ryan Fedrau
The Chicago Blackhawks’ rookie forward Dominik Kubalik has turned the heads of many fans. The question is, will he win the Calder Trophy?
Right now, Dominik Kubalik has the third-best odds of winning the Calder Trophy (+5000). His odds are a longshot though. Cale Makar and Quinn Hughes are the odds on favorite, for good reason. Makar and Hughes have made a big impact on their respective teams.
The success of Kubalik has picked up since the start of the new year. He started somewhat slow and has turned on the jets since. Kubalik has 44 points this season and is tied with Chicago Blackhawks‘ teammate Patrick Kane with goals (29). The odds on favorite Makar (-150) has 47 points, three more than Kubalik.
Of the three top rookies, Hughes has the most points with 52. If it goes by points, Hughes would win the award. For a while, he was the favorite. With the Canucks falling in the standings, his odds of winning the Calder Trophy has too (+100).
What I find interesting is the lack of success both Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko has had. They were the top two odds on favorite to win the award going into the season. Hughes and Kakko have underperformed for their draft spots.
If the Blackhawks steal a wildcard spot, with Kubalik hitting 35 plus goals, there’s no way they can’t give him the trophy. I know Kubalik hasn’t been getting the same attention both Hughes’ and Makar has gotten, but he’s having a better season than all of them.
Call me bias but this trophy belongs to Kubalik. He’s a huge reason why the Blackhawks are still in the playoff hunt. During their big win-streak in January, Kubalik was scoring at will. He’s kept that same scoring touch as of late.
We’ll see what happens. With 16 games left on the season, it is possible that he can move up in the rankings. I think goals are important. A young player hitting 30 in his first season is Calder worthy.