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The forward has skill, speed and smarts in spades

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson /

From June 10-19, will be highlighting the organization's most promising prospects - players who have made tremendous strides since being drafted and those who could make a push for a roster spot in the near future.

Dillon Dube has plenty of positive attributes to his game.

He's fleet-footed, hitting top-speed within a few strides, and is agile on his skates, pushing through tight areas in the offensive zone and getting into prime scoring areas.

He has a hard, accurate wrist shot that he can get off his stick quickly.

While he might not be the biggest player on the ice at 5-foot-11 and 183-pounds, he can play a physical game and his work ethic is second to none.

But his best attribute is his intelligence.

Dube's ability to think the game at a high level has made him one of the Kelowna Rockets' top forwards over the past few years and his hockey IQ will play a key role in his ability to succeed at the next level.

In 2014-15, Dube joined the Rockets full-time for his first Western Hockey League season. As a rookie, he managed 17 goals and 27 points in 45 games and added 11 points in 18 postseason contests.

He elevated his game in his 2015-16 draft-eligible season and was third in team scoring with 26 goals and 66 points in 65 games. He dressed for all 18 of Kelowna's playoff games that spring as well, chipping in with seven points.

Dube's skill combined with his on-ice vision appealed to the Flames' scouting staff and the organization selected him in the second round the 2016 NHL Draft.

The Cochrane native got off to a great start the Flames training camp in the fall of 2016 but a lower body injury in a pre-season game sidelined him for the first month of the regular season. Due to that injury and his inclusion on Canada's 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship roster, ended up playing in 40 regular season games last year but was still fifth in team scoring with 20 goals and 55 points. At the World Juniors, he had three assists in seven games and captured silver.

Kelowna went through three rounds in the 2017 WHL Playoffs and Dube skated in all 17 contests, scoring seven goals and 21 points.

After the Rockets fell to the Seattle Seahawks in the third round, the Stockton Heat brought Dube in on a try-out agreement. The18-year-old got into one postseason game before the Heat fell to the San Jose Barracuda in the first round.

Video: Get to know Flames prospect Dillon Dube

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