COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed forward Tomas Kubalik to a standard three-year entry level contract, General Manager Scott Howson announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.
Kubalik (pronounced koo-BAHL-ihk) registered 33 goals and 42 assists for 75 points, 95 penalty minutes and had a +16 plus/minus rating in 58 games with Victoriaville of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 2009-10. He led the club and tied for sixth in the QMJHL in game-winning goals (seven), while also leading the club in penalty minutes. He ranked fourth on the Tigers in goals, points and power play goals (12). He added 4-10-14 and eight penalty minutes in 16 playoff games to rank second on the team in playoff scoring. He also had 4-5-9 and eight penalty minutes in six games for the Czech Republic at the World Junior Championships to tie for the team lead in goals and points.
"Tomas had a very successful year in Victoriaville and we are looking forward to seeing him begin his professional career next fall," Howson said.
The 20-year-old native of Plzen, Czech Republic, was the Blue Jackets’ sixth pick, 135th overall, in the 2008 Entry Draft. Prior to making his North American debut in 2009-10, he tallied 4-2-6 and 90 penalty minutes in 75 career games in the Czech Elite League and 32-30-62, 132 penalty minutes and a cumulative plus/minus rating of +11 in 61 career games in the Czech-2 League.
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