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Blackhawks acquire prospect Dominik Kubalik from Kings for 2019 5th-round pick

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Kubalik currently leads Switzerland’s National League in scoring.

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The Blackhawks acquired the rights to forward Dominik Kubalik from the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2019 NHL draft previously acquired from Arizona.

The trade was first reported by Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston.

Kubalík currently leads Switzerland’s National League in scoring with 43 points, is second in assists (25) and tied for fourth in goals (18).

The 23-year-old forward, who stands 6-foot-2 and weights 176 pounds, was a seventh-round pick (191st overall) of the Kings in the 2013 NHL draft. Since being drafted, however, Kubalik has remained in Europe, playing in his native Czech Republic through the 2016-17 season before joining HC Ambri-Piotta in Switzerland this season. He amassed 27 points in 25 games that season before continuing at a point-per-game pace during 2018-19.

As recently as October 2017, Kubalik received an NHL contract offer from the Kings, but never signed. He remains unsigned and, according to the Blackhawks, will finish the season with HC Ambri Piotta.

The Blackhawks now have seven draft picks for next June’s draft in Vancouver.

  1. First round (CHI)
  2. Second round (CHI)
  3. Third round (To ARI for Kruger, Entwistle, Maletta, Campbell)
  4. Fourth round (CHI)
  5. Fourth round (From BOS for Wingles)
  6. Fifth round (To MTL for No. 139 in 2018 draft — Mikael Hakkarainen)
  7. Fifth round (From TB for Rutta)
  8. Fifth round (To LA for Kubalik/From ARI for Hossa, Hinostroza, Oesterle)
  9. Sixth round (CHI)
  10. Seventh round (To TB for Koekkoek)
  11. Seventh round (From ANA for Abbott, Carrick)