Chicago Blackhawks Midseason Review: Dominik Kubalik
Dominik Kubalik was going to enter the season not at his best no matter what. That is what happens when someone’s linemate, that they built a lot of chemistry with, is out with an injury. Even still, the Chicago Blackhawks are still lucky to have Dominik Kubalik around.
Kubalik had a lot of success last season next to Jonathan Toews. The two built up a lot of chemistry on the Blackhawks’ first line, and it paid off on the ice as Kubalik ended last season with 30 goals.
Kubalik Toews and Saad formed a great line for Chicago. It was different than the Kane line but still effective in the offensive zone, but enough about last season, let’s talk about this year.
Kubalik has scored 10 goals so far this season, and he is just getting started. The past five games or so have featured Kuablik on a line with Brandon Hagel, the feisty rookie within the organization. The two have combined for a lot of goals and I am starting to think they could form something special with Jonathan Toews when he gets back.
The Chicago Blackhawks need Dominik Kubalike to keep scoring goals with the Blackhawks.
Kubalik is third on the team in points with 23 so far this season, but the amazing thing is he is doing that without getting a lot of ice time. So far this season, Kubalik is averaging 15:17 minutes of ice time a night.
His ice time is not where a player of his caliber should be, and he is not a top power-play guy with the Hawks right now. The issue with Kubalik is that Alex DeBrincat has found his edge this season. The two are both snipers that are great on the side for an easy one-timer on the power play.
Kubalik is still finding ways to score goals and put the puck in the back of the net. Honestly, the 25-year-old should be apart of the future of this team for many years to come and can be a future leader in the locker room.
Let’s hope the Blackhawks and Dominik Kubalik can finish this season on a high. They have been great through the first 30 games. now the ending is where things will get more interesting as the games start to matter a little more every night.
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