The Blackhawks sent 13 players to this month's World Championships in Slovakia, with two players leading the Chicago contingent in scoring.
One of those players was Patrick Kane. The other officially joined the Blackhawks on Wednesday morning, as Dominik Kubalik spoke to reporters after the team announced Kubalik on a one-year contract that runs through the 2019-20 season ($925,000).
The Blackhawks acquired Kubalik's NHL rights in a 2019 deal with the Los Angeles Kings. Originally selected by LA in the seventh round of the 2013 NHL Draft, the 23-year-old Kubalik will look to become the latest European-based player to make an impact in Chicago. Former OHL teammate Dominik Kahun finished among the top ten in the NHL's rooking scoring race after joining the Blackhawks as a free agent in 2018.
Kubalik touched on his excitement about joining the Blackhawks, his performance at Worlds, and his friendship with current Blackhawks Kahun and David Kampf. Here are a few of the best soundbites from the newest member of the organization:
"It's an honor to be in this organization. My goal is to make the team for sure...When I talked to Stan we didn't really talk about what my role is going to be, it was just a welcome to the organization and we talked about the future." - Kubalik on joining the Blackhawks this summer
"I played with Dominik in Sudbury in the OHL for almost two years so we know each other pretty well. I've talked to him about Chicago and he had a great season. I played with David too with the national team." - Kubalik on his relationship with new teammates Dominik Kahun and David Kampf
"It's great motivation to play my first NHL game in Prague...It would be an amazing start but it's still pretty far away." - Kubalik on the chance to play in his home country as the Blackhawks play in the 2019 NHL Global Series
"It's amazing. I'm really excited and really happy, excited to with whatever happens in Chicago. I'm excited to see Chicago and all the people there." - Kubalik on his excitement about joining the organization