Pierre-Luc Dubois set Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) scoring records this year and was one of the most decorated prospects in the 2016 draft class. The Blue Jackets' No. 1 pick (third overall) is back in Columbus to get ready for training camp, and we caught up with him after a recent skate.
CBJ.com: Since you got drafted and then signed a contract, how has your life changed, being a part of this organization?
Dubois: "It was for sure fun to get drafted and to visit the city and everything, but my life didn't really change. I've always had the same goals whether it was before the draft or after. I want to play in the NHL next year and I'm still working towards that. I'm still getting to know the guys here, and I came three weeks before practices to get to know some of the guys, and what it's like to live in Columbus."
CBJ.com: What have you been doing outside of being around here this summer?
Dubois: "I lived in Montreal again this summer. I went home for about a week or two but after that, just training, going on the ice. I went to the U20 camp for I think 10 or 12 days, so just staying in shape and still working towards my goal."
CBJ.com: Who have you been working out with here?
Dubois: "I got here like three days ago but I've been training with Markus Nutivaara , Sonny Milano , Kole Sherwood (but he left), Dante Salituro , guys like that. We're all pushing towards the same goals, so it's fun to be with guys who are working towards the same goals and push you."
CBJ.com: You said that your goal next season is to be in NHL. How close do you think you are to that goal?
Dubois: "I think I'm close, but the only thing I can do is work hard and play well, and have good practices. The rest is for the team to decide. If they think the best thing for me is to go back to juniors, I'll go back to juniors and work hard and make sure I make the team next year. But we're before camp, I haven't practiced with the full team yet, I haven't really played any games, but I feel in really good shape and I feel like I can make a really good push for it this year."