Like many first-time friends to Chicago, Dominik Kubalik spent much of his time sightseeing and meeting some wonderful americans.
The Czech Republic native and Blackhawks prospect turned into most impressed with "the parks and all the structures" and declared Chicago "pleasing."
Kubalik, whom the Blackhawks received in a exchange with the Kings in January, become on the town along with his female friend this week getting his first style of the city whereas additionally assembly with Senior vice chairman/general supervisor Stan Bowman, coach Jeremy Colliton, a few Blackhawks gamers and fellow potentialities on the 2019 Blackhawks building Camp.
The consult with helped familiarize Kubalik with the ecosystem, on the way to come in useful because the next time he arrives in Chicago it may be all enterprise at practicing camp.
"probably the most factors we wanted to get him here is so that he is not assembly everyone for the first time in September," Bowman mentioned. "So he is across the city, he is across the practicing facility (and) he can meet some americans so that he is extra comfortable and he can just center of attention on hockey. if you exhibit up for the primary time there you might be trying to work out where to head and also function smartly on the ice … and this was a chance to get prevalent along with his environment a bit bit."
That plan worked as Kubalik, who didn't take the ice throughout construction camp after taking part in smartly into the spring in Switzerland and then on the World Championships, looked comfortable and cozy as he described his time in Chicago.
"it be whatever special even to be here," Kubalik, 23, spoke of. "I had a chance to meet a few guys who are practising here from the group so it's big and i talked to instruct (and) I talked to Stan. the most important thing is to get to know each different and be a bit bit round. i'm so excited when issues birth for precise. or not it's only a dream come actual already and that i hope it will proceed."
Kubalik become an beneath-the-radar acquisition by using Bowman, who in might also inked the forward to a one-yr, $925,000 contract, however there is a very real possibility Kubalik could win a spot on the opening nighttime roster.
The 6-foot-1, 192-pound Kubalik impressed Bowman & Co. through main the Swiss League in scoring all the way through the 2018-19 season with 25 goals and 32 assists in 50 games with HC Ambri-Piotta, after which following that up with six dreams and six assists in 10 games while representing the Czech Republic within the 2019 World Championships.
"Dominik's in fact been wonderful the remaining couple years in Europe - he's taken some steps," Bowman said. "every 12 months, he's built on the outdated year to the element the place he led the league in scoring in Switzerland…and was a go-to guy no longer only to ranking dreams however to make plays.
"For me it was astonishing to look his performance on the World Championship where he become in opposition t different NHL players," Bowman continued. "team Canada and u . s . and Russia had some excessive-end avid gamers and he became in reality about to take that step and reveal us he can compete on that stage."
That is some pretty heavy praise for Kubalik, however his progression after being selected by means of the Kings within the seventh round (191st standard) of the 2013 NHL Draft has brought along some lofty expectations.
"in the last couple of years I've always been making an attempt to make steps to be more advantageous," Kubalik spoke of. "I just need to exhibit the Blackhawks that i'm competent for it and i'm able to take the probability. I simply want to be the guy who i was last 12 months after I had an outstanding season with Ambri."
Kubalik plans to spend a part of the summer season working towards in his hometown of Plzen, Czech Republic, with former Czech League teammates on HC Plzen earlier than returning to Chicago to make a run at securing a spot on the Blackhawks.
"surely, I deserve to have a fine summer and are available prepared to be able for every thing," Kubalik stated. "I actually have something in my head about what I need to do and where I need to go and what I need to accomplish but my aim is to make the Blackhawks, this is for bound. i'll do everything i can do to that."