The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have acquired forward Dominik Kubalík (DAHM-ihn-ihk koo-bah-LEEK) from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick in the 2019 National Hockey League Draft previously acquired from the Arizona Coyotes. Kubalík will finish the season with HC Ambrì Piotta of the National League in Switzerland.
Originally drafted by the Kings in the seventh round (191st overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft, Kubalík currently leads the National League in points (43), is second in assists (25) and shares fourth in goals (18). Last season, he spent time with Ambrì Piotta and HC Plzen of the Czech Extraliga. In 25 games with Ambrì Piotta during the 2017-18 campaign, he recorded 27 points (10G, 17A) in 25 regular-season games. He added a goal and six assists in 10 relegation postseason contests.
Kubalík played parts of five seasons (2011-12, 2014-18) with HC Plzen, registering 120 points (74G, 46A) in 162 regular-season games, while adding 11 points (5G, 6A) in 26 playoff games. He led the Extraliga with 25 goals during the 2015-16 season and 29 markers during the 2016-17 campaign.
Spanning two seasons (2012-14), he played for the Sudbury Wolves and Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League. He was teammates with current Blackhawk, Dominik Kahun while playing for Sudbury.
A native of Plzen, Czech Republic, Kubalík represented his country at the 2018 Olympic Games and World Championships as well as the 2015 World Junior Championship. In PyeongChang, he notched two markers in five games. Kubalík paced the Czech Republic with eight points (3G, 5A) at the 2018 World Championships. During the 2015 World Juniors, he captained the Czech team and finished the tournament with one goal.