Aube-Kubel, a right winger for the Val d’Or Foreurs of the QMJHL, best displayed his offensive power this season over the course of a 15-game scoring streak from November 10 to December 30. During that stretch, he scored 13 goals and tallied 18 assists, good for a points-per-game average of just over 2.
But don’t count him out as just streaky. Aube-Kubel also has the second-best plus-minus in the entire QMJHL, and he’s 12th in the league in scoring with 75 points. When you add in that he’s missed seven games due to injury, his numbers are even more impressive: he’s 9th in the league in points per game with 1.5.
“He scores goals and he can really shoot the puck,” says John Riley, the Flyers’ player development coach. “He plays for a very strong team in the Quebec League. He’s a leader on that team, offensively, certainly. He’s grown his all-around game and he’s learning to play better without the puck.”
One of the many reasons the Flyers chose Aube-Kubel 48th overall in the second round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft was for his offensive potential, and he shows no signs of slowing down. He notched at least one point in every game but one in January and has done the same so far in February.
Perhaps most impressive is that Aube-Kubel just keeps improving.
He’s five points away from surpassing the numbers he put up in his career season, set just last year, when he tallied 80 points in 61 games. He has 75 points through 51 games so far, and with 11 more games to go, he’s on pace to score 91 points.
Aube-Kubel is in his fourth year in the QMJHL, and his Foreurs sit atop the league with 89 points. For the second year in a row, Aube-Kubel, an assistant captain, will help lead his team to and through the playoffs with the goal of winning a Memorial Cup.
“He’s on a very strong team. They have a very good chance to go to the Memorial Cup,” Riley says. “I think, in this tournament, [they could] get at least two or three rounds deep into the Quebec League and win it, which I think would be great for him and his development, just playing in those pressure games.”
Riley says that the Flyers’ defensive prospects come to mind when most people think of the organization’s up-and-coming talent, but Aube-Kubel is one of several young forwards he sees as part of the Flyers’ future, too.
Added Riley: “He’s part of a core group that, as they continue to evolve and continue to grow their game, hopefully spend some time in Lehigh Valley and learn how to be professional, and move on, hopefully, to the Flyers and be part of something special.”
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