The Blackhawks have agreed to terms with forward Dominik Kubalik on a two-year contract extension, the team announced Friday. His average annual value is $3.7 million.
"I was nervous the last couple of days," Kubalik said in a video conference call. "It was something new for me. I’ve never had a chance to have conversations about the contract. In Europe, you get the offer, take it or not. So, it’s different. But happy it’s done and very excited about it and very excited for the season. I’m really happy right now."
Kubalik was named a Calder Trophy finalist after scoring 30 goals and adding 17 assists during his rookie campaign. He also registered eight points (four goals, four assists) in nine postseason contests.
Only three other NHL rookies have scored more even-strength goals in the last 20 years than Kubalik's 26: Auston Matthews (32), Alex Ovechkin (28) and Patrik Laine (27).
Kubalik's negotiating rights were acquired by the Blackhawks in January of 2019 from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick. He later signed a one-year, entry-level contract in May.