Kris Baker of SabresProspects.com has submitted his rankings of the Top 30 draft-eligible prospects of 2016. Check back each day as we prepare for the 2016 NHL Draft, which will be held at First Niagara Center here in Buffalo on June 24 and 25.
#5. Pierre-Luc Dubois – LW, Cape Breton (QMJHL)
When June 24 finally arrives, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles forward will not only be celebrating his 18th birthday, but he’ll also quickly learn where he’ll begin his professional hockey career as a surefire top-10 selection.
A player that earns high marks in areas of size, skating and intelligence, Dubois clearly has the base attributes of a primetime NHL forward as evidenced by him being named the BRP Top Prospect Award winner as the CHL’s best pro prospect. When you bundle in his remarkable consistency to date, scouts are wondering how high the do-it-all Dubois’ ceiling really is, making him a savory high-end talent that rightfully draws stylistic comparisons to current Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn.
Dubois, who lit up the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this past season with 42 goals and 99 points, plays the game with a bit of an edge. He’s often rolling up his sleeves in the corners with a mucker’s mentality, only to emerge with the puck and make a high-skill play with his vision and deadly shooting ability.
Dubois’ strong 6-foot-3, 202-pound frame and reliability with and without the puck every time he steps on the ice has many thinking he’s ready to play with the big boys sooner rather than later.
For more on all the youngsters in the Sabres pipeline and an updated organizational depth chart, check out Kris Baker’s website, SabresProspects.com. You can also follow him on Twitter (@SabresProspects).