2009-10: Dominik Kubalik had 63 points in 33 games for Czech U16 champion HC Plzen. He scored 39 goals with 24 assists and was +62 with 6 penalty minutes.
2010-11: Kubalik played for the HC Plzen U18 and U16 teams as a 15-year-old. He scored 38 goals with 21 assists and was +24 with 32 penalty minutes in 42 games with the U18 team. In six playoff games he scored 4 goals with 2 assists and was +2 with 2 penalty minutes. In nine games with HC Plzen’s U16 team, including two playoff games, he scored 9 goals with 7 assists and was +7 with 6 penalty minutes.
2011-12: Kubalik made his pro hockey debut in the Czech Extraliga, playing eight games for HC Plzen. He spent the bulk of the season with the club’s U20 and U18 teams and represented the Czech Republic in international play. He scored 1 goal and was -2 in Extraliga play. Kubalik scored 11 goals with 6 assists and was -9 with 22 penalty minutes in 24 regular season games for Plzen’s U20 team and had 1 goal with 2 assists, finishing -4, in two playoff games. In 22 games for the HC Plzen U18 team, including two playoff games, he scored 25 goals with 16 assists and was +23 with 14 penalty minutes. Kubalik played for the Czech U17 and U18 teams (though he was not on the final roster for the 2012 U18 World Junior Championship) and had 4 assists with 26 penalty minutes in 14 games. Kubalik was selected by Sudbury in the first round (27th overall) of the 2012 CHL Import Draft.
2012-13: Kubalik skated in 67 of 68 games for the OHL’s Sudbury Wolves in his first season in North America and represented the Czech Republic in the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship. He scored 17 goals with 17 assists and was -3 with 25 penalty minutes for the Wolves. Sudbury finished third in the Central Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Kubalik scored 3 goals with 3 assists in nine playoff games and was an even plus/minus with 4 penalty minutes. Ranked 139th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings, Kubalik was selected by Los Angeles in the seventh round (191st overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.
Kubalik was a highly regarded CHL draft pick, and went in the first round to the Sudbury Wolves in 2012. He is a big strong kid who can skate well and move the puck well at the CHL level. While he could stand to gain a little more weight to ward of opposing checkers, Kubalik brings a little bit of nasty to his game and isn’t afraid to throw the body around and mix it up. His offensive upside is limited, but he has the good look of a potential energy forward.
Kubalik is one of the younger players in the Kings’ system at age 17. He has played just one year with the Sudbury Wolves and has plenty of time to grow and mature in the coming years.