The Blackhawks are going to have to be cautious with Dominik Kubalik. He played great this past season, there is no doubting that. However, when it comes to next season and the years to come is he going to be able to keep scoring 30 or more goals in the year?
We saw Alex DeBrincat play great for two seasons with the Blackhawks. Two years where he put up at least 50 points, and then his play fell off of the face of the earth this past year when we moved him to a different line. What if we see something similar from Kubalik?
I just do not feel comfortable offering Kubalik a longterm expensive contract after one year in the NHL. Chicago has already signed contracts like that with Richard Panik and Bryan Bickell. Players have one good season and all of a sudden Stan Bowman offers a nice contract that eventually looks bad for the team. I do not want to see the team jump the gun and offer a contract that is going to hurt the team a few years from now.
That being said, I think Kubalik is a great player, I just think we need another year before we commit long term. Dominik Kubalik should be back next season, but it is not guaranteed at this time. It all depends on who the Blackhawks move in order to find the salary cap space to keep him.