Blackhawks: 10 questions on our mind heading into the new season

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Dominik Kubalik, Chicago Blackhawks
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7 – Can Dominik Kubalik continue to score?

Scoring 30 goals in just one season is no small task, and that is exactly what Dominik Kubalik did in 68 games last season with the Chicago Blackhawks. Kubalik is entering his second NHL season. After a successful first year, it will be interesting to see if the 25-year-old can continue to excel on the ice.

Kubalik is signed for 3.7 million for the next two seasons. The left-winger might be smiling after a successful rookie season, but things are going to be more challenging in 2021.

Losing his linemates and moving forward with less ice time might be one reason we see Kubalik take a step back in 2021. It will not be his fault if that happens. Kubalik really started to score after being paired up with Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad. I am not trying to say he is not talented; rather, he built great chemistry with those players.

Now things might be more challenging in 2021, considering his linemates are not known yet. All things considered, we do have an indication that a Shaw, Suter, Kubalik pairing might be possible in 2021.

Suter at center would definitely fix some of the Blackhawks’ problems and might be able to form a solid second line. I think Shaw can add a nice element to a line with Suter and Kubalik; this would be a fun group to watch next season.