Tomas Kubalik, a forward with the St. John’s IceCaps of the American Hockey League, has signed a deal with HC Lev Praha of the KHL for the upcoming season.
Kubalik was originally selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the fifth round, 135th overall, in the 2008 NHL Draft.He made his NHL debut with the Blue Jackets in the tail end of the 2010–11 season, finishing with 2 assists in 4 games. That same season, Kubalik led Columbus’ AHL affiliate Springfield in goals and points, scoring 24 goals with 29 assists in 76 games. He finished the season with a -7 plus/minus and had 43 PMs for the Falcons in a season that saw limited success, missing the playoffs just like the Blue Jackets.
The next season, the Czech born chippy forward did not replicate his AHL numbers from the previous campaign, finishing the year out in Springfield with an unimpressive 23 points in 50 games. He was an emergency call up when Mark Letestu broke his hand and would go on to score a goal during his 15 day stint with the club. This season, Kubalik didn’t get a taste of NHL action but did get traded back in March after requesting a trade, going from the Blue Jackets organization to the Winnipeg Jets. His point totals were again unimpressive, recording 20 points in 54 games with the Falcons before posting three points in ten games with the IceCaps.
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