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Blue Jackets sign first-round pick Dubois: report

Forward was selected third at 2016 NHL Draft

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Center Pierre-Luc Dubois signed his entry-level contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday, according to TSN.

Dubois was selected with the third pick of the 2016 NHL Draft, and would be the first player from his draft class to sign.

He is in Columbus for the Blue Jackets' development camp, which started Monday and runs through Thursday. 

"July 1 is the first day we can file [entry-level contracts]," Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said Wednesday, "and I'm anticipating that being done in short order after that."

NHL Central Scouting ranked Dubois No. 1 among North American skaters for the 2016 draft. He had 99 points in 62 games for Cape Breton. A natural left wing, he played mostly center during the second half of the season. 

"I can play all three forward positions," Dubois said Monday. "I can add depth at first. In the long run I think I can be a top talent on the team."

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