Chicago Blackhawks rookie Dominik Kubalik has been a huge surprise in his rookie season. The 24-year-old entered play on Saturday leading all NHL rookies in goals scored, and he gave those numbers a boost in the Blackhawks’ 6-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Kubalik scored two goals, and the second goal was incredible. Chicago’s Jonathan Toews fired a pass to Kubalik, who then took a a baseball-like swing with the puck still in the air and sent it past Toronto goaltender Frederik Andersen.
— Charlie Roumeliotis (@CRoumeliotis) January 19, 2020
What a pass. What a finish. pic.twitter.com/NEp5oyvP7a
— NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) January 19, 2020
Kubalik now has 20 goals on the season, and nine goals over his last seven games.
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) January 19, 2020
Scoring twice tonight, Dominik Kubalik has reached 20 goals faster from the start of a player's career (47 games) than all but 3 @NHLBlackhawks rookies by modern standards (aka under 26 years of age)
— StatsCentre (@StatsCentre) January 19, 2020
Kubalik is a huge reason why the Blackhawks are red-hot, with four straight wins and 10 wins over their last 14 games.