Geek of the Week: Discussing Dominik Kubalik

Michael Halbany

2020-04-12

Dominik Kubalik was the most impressive forward among rookie skaters, assuming the regular season is over. The Czech Republic native would likely be nominated but finish third behind the uber talented defensemen Cale Makar and Quinn Hughes. Kubalik isn't your typical rookie as he's 24 years old. He was drafted in the seventh round in 2013 and burst onto the scene with an impressive debut. He totaled 30 goals, 16 assists, +2 Plus/Minus, 157 shots, 8 power-play points, and 79 hits in 68 games. All told, his stats rank 144th among skaters assuming a Yahoo! Standard League.

Perhaps the most impressive thing about his rookie campaign is his 1.70 5v5 goals per 60 minutes was a league high. To finish better than Alex Ovechkin, Auston Matthews, and David Pastrnak in goals per 60 minutes is obviously impressive. Also, he ranks 51st among forwards in individual shot attempts per 60 minutes at 5v5 with 14.92 and averaged over 2.3 shots per game.

As a quick aside, when I find myself debating between two or three players, I will always lean toward the player who generates more shot attempts versus the player that doesn't shoot as often. A poor shooting percentage can tank any individual season. However, players that generate more shot attempts are less prone to fluctuations because they are constantly slinging the rubber.

Likewise, players that shoot far less often are more susceptible to the wild swings of shooting percentage. In addition, if players are shooting more often, they can also take advantage of a percentage binge and post a career year. This isn't groundbreaking by any means, but whenever I'm drafting with friends, it boggles the mind when I see a low volume shooter go early on.

Back to Kubalik, digging deeper into his profile, he averaged 14:22 TOI per game, which ranks 233rd among forwards. He was certainly deserving of more ice time than he received as a whole. The good news is that his ice time