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Possible Draft Target: Pierre-Luc Dubois

by Jason Pirie / Calgary Flames

The power forward from La Belle Province has flown up the draft rankings.

With a convincing second half of the season with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, Pierre-Luc Dubois has gone from being ranked seventh among North American skaters in Central Scouting’s midterm rankings to becoming the top ranked prospect by season’s end.

A versatile forward who can play all three forward positions, Dubois finished third among Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) scorers with 42 goals and 99 points.

There has been some concern among scouts, however, that his skating is not on par with other potential top 10 candidates.

His production also slowed in the playoffs, as he finished fifth in team scoring (though he did record a respectable 12 points in as many games).

Regardless, the can’t-miss prospect can still expect to celebrate his 18th birthday by hearing his name called early in the first round.

A recipient of the Mike Bossy Trophy as the QMJHL’s top professional prospect, Dubois competes hard and his two-way game may be the finest among this year’s draft class. In fact, he is considered by many to be the most complete player entering this year’s draft.

He made that statement on the national stage in February with a standout performance.

Dubois – a fifth overall pick by the Screaming Eagles in the 2014 QMJHL Midget Draft – was in on all three goals, which included scoring the game winner, as Team Orr downed Team Cherry 3-2 at the NHL/CHL Top Prospects Game in Vancouver.

With his quality size (6-foot-3, 205-pounds) and high skill-set, Dubois has the potential to develop into a player of Anze Kopitar’s stature.

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