BREAKING: Blackhawks Make Trade With Kings

  

The Blackhawks announced a minor trade, this afternoon, with the Los Angeles Kings. They acquired forward prospect Dominik Kubalík (koo-bah-LEEK) in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick in the 2019 previously acquired from the Arizona Coyotes in the Hossa/Hinostroza/Oesterle deal.

Kubalík is a 23-year-old former 7th round Kings draft pick (191st overall) in the 2013 NHL draft. The same draft that the Blackhawks drafted Anthony Louis ten picks earlier (181st overall) and Robin Press later in the seventh round (211th overall).

The 6’2″ 180 lbs left wing has been playing for HC Ambrì-Piotta of the Swiss National League. Coming into Thursday evening, he is leading the league in scoring with 43 points (18G-25A). The native of Plzen, Czech Republic, represented his country at the 2018 Olympic Games and World Championships as well as the 2015 World Junior Championship.

He is currently under contract with his Swiss team and cannot sign a contract with the Blackhawks until his deal with HC Ambrì-Piotta has expired. The Kings tried to pry Kubalík out of Europe in 2017 but, without player compensation, Ambrì-Piotta blocked the deal from happening.

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    Jeff Osborn
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    The Blackhawks announced a minor trade, this afternoon, with the Los Angeles Kings. They acquired forward prospect Dominik Kubalík (koo-bah-LEEK) in e
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    Another rebuild move that ensures another young-bodied forward with good skill (and in this case a bit of size) who allows some Cap control if Dominik Kubalík truly wants to leave the comfortable salaries the Swiss league has.

    You can’t ignore chances to add; my thinking is the L.A. Kings are about to start a large tear down (maybe of a defense that has little minor pro depth to replace the likes of Jake Muzzin and/or Alec Martinez) and the fifth rounder provided a larger value than trying to bring Kubalik in? Or did his reps play hard ball with the Kings (or was he fearful of the California weather?).

    In trades, I always wonder about the underlying factors surrounding the team sending the guy packing. In this case, an extra pick might help the Kings, where the Hawks are thinking throw darts to try and fill with good handlers around the skilled guys?

    I guess I will never know unless a Hawk press guy has the courage to ask the essential question to StanBo, “why didn’t the Kings feels strong enough to keep him?” without fearing the Hawks don’t. I’ve them to the end of the cue when they “allow” questions to be taken.

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    Jeff Osborn
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    thanks for the insight, as always, Wiz!

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