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LONG READ: How Kubalik Became a Blackhawk

He leads all NHL rookies in goals at the All-Star break, but how did Dominik Kubalik become a Blackhawk just over a year ago?

by Chris Kuc @ChrisKuc /

Mats Hallin first set eyes on Dominik Kubalik five years ago when the winger was playing in the Czech Republic.

The Blackhawks' Director of European Scouting saw a player who stood out with his skating ability, lethal shot, tendency to take a direct path to the net and, in Hallin's words, "is a finisher."

Hallin, whose job along with pro scouts Peter Sundstrom and Anatoly Semenov - under the stewardship of Vice President of Pro Scouting Ryan Stewart - is to scour Europe for hidden gems that could blossom into valuable members of the Blackhawks organization.

Hallin included Kubalik in a scouting report to Stewart, who then relayed the information to Senior Vice President/General Manager Stan Bowman, noting that Kubalik was property of the Kings, who had selected him in the seventh round (191st overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft.

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