Blackhawks acquire Dominik Kubalík

On Thursday afternoon the Blackhawks acquired forward Dominik Kubalík from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. The pick going to LA was previously acquired from the Arizona Coyotes in the Marian Hossa trade.

Listed at 6-2 and 178 pounds, Kubalík was originally drafted by the Kings in the seventh round (#191 overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.

He will finish the season with HC Ambrì Piotta of the National League in Switzerland, where he currently leads the National League in points (43), is second in assists (25) and shares fourth in goals (18).

Kubalík will turn 24 on Aug. 21. He spent parts of the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons with Sudbury in the OHL as a teammate of current Blackhawks forward Dominik Kahun.

43 thoughts on “Blackhawks acquire Dominik Kubalík

  1. These are the kind of under the radar, little to no risk moves Bowman has a good track record with. It’s signings like free agents Manning Kunitz etc and hasty unnecessary contract extensions like Bollig Panik Kruger and even Anisimov that leave one shaking their head. I worry he is going to re sign 3 goals offensive stalwart Kampf soon for Kruger money.

  2. After all these years, if he is of no value to the last place Kings, it looks like the Hawks simply gave away a late round pick.

  3. re: “it looks like the Hawks simply gave away a late round pick” – they traded away the 5th they got from Arizona in the Hossa deal. Chicago still has 7 picks in the 2019 draft.

  4. Say he is late bloomer, led Czech league in scoring last 2 seasons, 162 pts in 120 games. May be able to add some depth scoring, one of the Czechs top players at olympics. Maybe a diamond in the rough, unlike Kampf who never put up good offensive in Europe, this guy has.

  5. Doesn’t matter that the Hawks got a 5th or any round pick from someone else. It is still a pick, although a flyer that late. Meanwhile, a team in need of talent, like LA has no fit for him.

  6. Worth noting: When this guy was drafted in L.A. it was a different regime than now. Lombardi the GM then, R. Blake now. This kind of stuff happens a lot, one regime thinks higher of a prospect, the next regime not so much.

  7. Kampf is better than Luke Johnson. Bigger body, better skater. Nothing against Johnson but I would clearly take Kampf if I was forced to choose.

  8. Played with Kampf and Kahun. Played in the olympics. Tall forward. Good skater, suppose to have a good shot. Not a bad trade at all. My guess is he will have a opt out clause on his 1yr ELC next year. So no harm no foul.

  9. I doubt this kid is remotely close to the caliber of Hasek but we’re just fans of the game we really don’t know. Seems like Blackhawks Euro scouts must see something they like.

  10. If nothing else you have to give the Hawks credit for finding guys overseas. Panerin of course was the best discovery in the Bowman era. Kahun, to some degree has overachieved, going from the German league to the NHL. Gustafsson was a castoff from Edmonton.

    Keep one other thing in mind. Stan will likely add a pick or two at the trade deadline. Elliot Friedman is reporting Kunitz will likely be dealt to a team like Calgary. Kruger will perhaps fetch a draft pick. I have a feeling Forsling might be on the move as well with the recent acquisition of Slater Koekkoek.

  11. Keenan was trying to trade Belfour and keep Hasek. Belfour Larmer Murphy Mc Ammond and I think Smith were going to the Nordiques for Lindross. Hasek would have been our starter.

  12. What’s not to like – he played in the Olympics so he’s one of the best non-NHL Czech players

    There’s more of a chance that he contributes something (almost certainly as a depth player but you need a deep roster) in CHI while Toews and Kane are still good than a 7th round pick will and isn’t that what we all want – another shot at the Cup with Toews and Kane

    Who knows what LA is thinking – who cares?

    Presumably they weren’t going to sign him but I haven’t noticed LA being mentioned as a team that’s particularly good at finding undiscovered European players for their NHL team

  13. Craig – Friedman’s column was very interesting. Says the Hawks and Oilers were working on a bigger deal before a Chiarelli was canned. Also threw Hayden’s name out as someone that could be of interest to a playoff team. I think you could be right about Forsling – he could bring a solid return. I’ve always been a fan but it seems he struggles as much mentally as physically so maybe he needs a new start somewhere else.

  14. Be interesting to see what they do, could bring him over after his season ends and send him to Rockford to get a look at him. He would require a 2 year elc this season, a 1 year if for next so wouldn’t impact that part. Could also bring him on a ATO to Rockford at end of season too.
    Under contract for next season to Swiss team so league agreement would dictate where he plays next season. Not likely Rockford, would be offered to Swiss team first.

    Prospects: Chl
    Boqvist 2a

    Europe
    Soderlund 1g 1a
    Kayumov 1a
    Nalimov 30 saves shutout. Also entered game Tuesday and stopped 15 of 16 for win in injury relief. Hopefully a trend that continues.

  15. Kubalic and Kampf played in the Czech League at the same time over 2 seasons. I don’t know how good Kubalic is defensively, but he has better offensive stats than Kampf.

    2015-16 Kampf: 42 games, 9g/4a = 13 pts
    2015-16 Kubalic: 48 games, 25g/15a = 40 pts

    2016-17 Kampf: 52 games, 15g/16a = 31 pts
    2016-17 Kubalic: 51 games, 29g/19a = 48 pts

    Here’s a highlight video:

  16. Appears Kabulik could be a free agent if not signed by June. Drafted in 2013 normally have to be signed by 2017 but was temporarily part of a Khl team so bumped back a year his fa. Swiss league has an Nhl teansfer deal so should be fa eligible this summer.

  17. So quite possibly he didn’t want to sign with LA – doesn’t mean he’ll want to sign with CHI but maybe the Hawks have the inside scoop that he will sign with them

    As I said what’s not to like – at worst he’s a better gamble to play a role with the Hawks in the near future than a 2019 7th rounder

  18. Ebony – nice breakdown, this player’s upside appears far greater than Kampf, and in the words of Ralph Kramden, it’s a landslide.

    Whoever brought up Hayden getting traded, good for Hayden, he is rotting away on the Hawks, give him a shot elsewhere to prove whether he truly sucks or there is a contributing NHL player within him. He either doesn’t dress, plays w the worst forwards on the team, and barely breaks a sweat when he does play.

    Good evening.

  19. Thanks for the clip ER. Wow. Kubalík has a killer one timer from his off wing. That’s a real talent.

    I see where Montreal has a lot of extra draft picks as does Buffalo and Colorado.

    Anisimov would likely be a fit for all three teams as the trade deadline and the playoffs approach. I don’t know which 10 teams he’s willing to go to. But the trade deadline is a time when teams overpay to keep up with the other contenders in hopes of making it into the playoffs. Especially Buffalo, needs to make the playoffs and not waste their 10 game winning streak that energized the fan base. Plus Skinner is having a 40-goal season.

  20. Kabulik is signed by a Swiss team, but loaned to a Czech team, so that would give assumption he couldn’t crack his Swiss teams roster or he’d be there. He wouldn’t have signed with them otherwise you would have to believe.

  21. Ian, I think it’s the other way around. Kubalic played fo Plzen HC in the Czech League from 2013-14 until half way through 2017-18 (20 games) – then played the second half of 2017-18 for Ambri Piotta in the Swiss League (25 games) and is still playing for Ambri Piotta this season (37 games so far). I don’t know why he moved teams/leagues mid season last year but it isn’t necessarily that he wasn’t good enough to play in the Czech League.

  22. EB he signed a 3 year deal with Swiss team last year and was loaned back to Czech team he played for the year before is what i was meaning. This year he stayed with Swiss team all year.

  23. Read somewhere… his NLA stats transfer to .51 ppg in NHL… so not bad Pickup if he nets 40 points in full season!

    Hilites- show “Mini-Hoss” quick release and short slapper… also – really nice vision.
    Looks like a 2nd line RW… which will allow

    Cagg or LW/19/88 (Panarin?)
    12/Strome/Kubalik

    Lock down Checking line 20/Kampf/??

    Guessing this kid told LA- he wasn’t gonna sign with them… and Kampf/Kahun were a factor in SB being able to land him…

    seems like another BIG win trade for SB

    SB- seems to be having a much easier time “Fleecing ” other teams from the Hawks Bottom of the league status versus The top of the league position!!!

    Soderlund- continues to score for his “Old” team… couldn’t find a point for the “new” team… just an observation

  24. Yeah Wall noticed Soderlund he has since returning 2g 4a in 6 games after 3g 2a in 25 games with Frolunda. Hopefully he continues to find his game.

    Kings flagged Kubalik for signing with Khl team and even though it didn’ t work out they were able maintained his rights beyond 2017. Seems like he didn’t want to play in LA.

  25. Original, people are saying he wouldnt sign there. LA couldnt sign him because he didnt want to sigh there. They wanted him and couldnt get him to sign so they traded him for those reasons.

  26. Loags,

    2004 Dowell
    2011 Shawzer
    2012 Ross
    2013 Johnson
    2014 Snuggerud

    Not all or half but the ones that do are good ones. And were good at drafting.

  27. MRFENN92, thats what I think. Were going to add some players and trade and get returns. Adding more picks/returns then add players starting with the 8 to 17/11 to th deadline and draft.

  28. Another guy … never seen play… but hilites/Scouts say…
    B. Hagel kid- lot’s of energy/moxy/hands to score… Sounds like Shaw2.0

    Plays PP and PK… and he seems to get a lot of shorties… which usually means quick skating and or quick reading or anticipation skills…

    if one/more of Soderlund/Hagel/Barratt – turn into Shaw-type guys… Hawks future is looking up…. and still love Kurashev

    Add- Kaapo Kaako and Panarin… this team would be PO team next year …
    add a STUD D guy… and I would say legit threat to go deep in PO’s

  29. As long as Bowman does not give more than 650,000$ or re-sign Kamopf for 3 Million!!!

    Fire Bowman., best solution

  30. Easy to say its true, we need to have to get a 81 and 4 back and also some guys like 65. Thats what we had, so we can add them back. Elite ufa FW this summer. Any of those guys, 5th round type pick/ufa from Euro (even 64 /62) Soderlund/Hagel/Barratt to player of 65 type. Add a top defensmen ufa summer of 20.

    We can add that, what Wall said, with 20/21m cap space-with Crow in ltir to get those players. And we stil have every blue chip and good prospects we have coming/already and the ones were adding this draft.

  31. Mo going have to remember that have to save room for possibly 6m in performance bonuses that don’t want to carry over into 20-21 season next year. That may influence how much money is thrown at ufas next summer.

  32. Thta will be the end of that shit. Saying the on ice call is no goal, when you can see the puck over the line/in glove or not/
    Its a bout time. Get the chips in the pucks so you can do 3d instant tennis replay. Theeres no need for any challenges. The thing automatically does it every play when puck is close to goal line.

    The NHL is planning to use puck and player tracking for the 2019-2020 season, league commissioner Gary Bettman announced Friday during the All-Star weekend in San Jose, California.

    The NHL joins the NFL as the only major North American professional sports league with wearable tracking technology.

    When the league will do a full roll out with the technology is unknown. The NHL is
    testing it and receiving feedback from players, teams and others. The data is collected through mircochips created by German company Jogmo World Corp. that are inserted into pucks and players’ shoulder pads.

    “The Puck and Player Tracking system can track pucks at a rate of 2,000 times per second in real-time with inch-level accuracy,” Bettman said. “We’ll instantaneously detect passes, shots, and positioning precisely. It will be equally accurate in tracking players — their movement, speed, time on ice — you name it.

  33. Yea. Good thing about that it when their paid we can add that much more in players/or raises. Wont be abel to spend it that yr, then can for yrs after when we might need it more. Then Crow not resign, even if Delia a really good he get 3m at first then work way up. So get some from that difference at least for a few yrs to.

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