Dominik Kubalik
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Dominik Kubalik

Hometown:

Plzen Czech Republic

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1995-08-21

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2013

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

7th round (191st overall), 2013

Weight:

176 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

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.

 2013-14: Kubalik attended his first NHL training camp with the Kings before being returned to Sudbury for his second OHL season. He was acquired by Kitchener in January 2014 in exchange for fellow Czech forward Radek Faksa (Dallas) in an OHL trade in January — finishing the year with the Kitchener Rangers — and played for the Czech Republic U19 team. Kubalik scored 13 goals with 10 assists and had an even plus/minus with 35 penalty minutes in 36 games for Sudbury. In 23 regular season games with Kitchener he scored 5 goals with 1 assist and was -16 with 11 penalty minutes. Kitchener finished last in the Midwest Division, missing the OHL playoffs. Kubalik scored 2 goals with 2 assists and was +1 with 4 penalty minutes in six games for the Czech U19 team.

Talent Analysis

Kubalik was a highly-regarded CHL draft pick but had mixed success in two seasons in the OHL before returning to the Czech Republic. He is a tall player who can skate well and move the puck but lacks the bulk to ward off 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. He shows flashes of potential but has not yet shown consistency from shift to shift.

Future

Kubalik returned to the Czech Republic in 2014-15 to play in the Extraliga rather than playing junior hockey in the OHL. He has shown steady progress in his first pro season — also spending time in the Czech second league and with the HC Plzen U20 team — and was a team captain for the Czech U20 team at the 2015 World Junior Championship. Drafted by the Kings in 2013, he has yet to sign an NHL contract with Los Angeles and would re-enter the 2015 NHL Draft if not signed by June 2015. Long-term, Kubalik has limited offensive upside but he has the potential to be an effective energy forward. Whether an NHL club would pursue a forward from Europe to fill that role is uncertain.

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