Pick number 5 is Cape Breton Screaming Eagles center Pierre-Luc Dubois. Ranked number one by NHL Central Scouting (NA skaters), the Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Quebec native put up a stat line of 42-57-99 in 62 games, along with of 7-5-12 in 12 playoff games as well. This could be the second time he’ll be drafted fifth overall, as his draft into the QMJHL also landed him at fifth in 2014.
A phenomenal two-way power forward that thrives under pressure. He brings versatility, being able to play as a center or a winger, as well as elite skill and agility. His athleticism is exemplified in his strong skating that allows him to backcheck hard, explode up the ice in-transition, or propel himself up into hits that opponents won’t soon forget. His defensive zone play is excellent; he proactively finds and takes away shooting and passing lanes, and makes it tough on opponents to pinpoint any daylight. When he is on the ice, he is uncontainable and leads the forecheck; he creates the time and space for himself to be creative with the puck and finds a way to get it to the back of the net. He makes the players around him better, serving as an example of what hard work and skill can and will be able to produce. A similarly punishing two-way forward with size and zero deficiencies, Anze Kopitar, is the type of player Dubois will aspire to become at the next level. Pierre-Luc Dubois has the potential to develop into an elite two-way forward that excels as a positive catalyst in every facet of the roles he can play, be it the dynamic scorer, the set-up man, the intimidating power forward, or the defensive-minded shutdown guy. He is the type of player nobody likes to play against. (Curtis Joe, EP 2016)
What Twitter is saying:
I’d draft Pierre-Luc Dubois over Tkachuk anyway https://t.co/AdkfSeXcu0
— Colten Ebmeier (@RideTheColtrain) June 21, 2016
My hopes for Habs draft:
1. Pierre-Luc Dubois (if they move up)
2. Clayton Keller
3. Mikhail Sergachev
— Patrick (@MTLDriveFor25) June 21, 2016
Pierre-Luc Dubois on his #Canucks interview at the combine: “It went well, it was one of my better interviews.”
— Canucks Now (@CanucksNow) June 20, 2016
@_Carter_21 I’m even fine moving to 5-6 and taking Pierre-Luc Dubois. Love the kid
— Carolina Hurricanes (@nhlcanesfans) June 15, 2016
“This summer is going to be really important for me getting bigger and getting stronger.” – Pierre-Luc Duboishttps://t.co/XLpyI0g9mJ
— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) June 3, 2016
— Mitch Brown (@MitchLBrown) April 12, 2016
Draft stuff: Pierre-Luc Dubois gives, goes and gets rid of it quickly for his 38th. pic.twitter.com/2We4SaDmjt
— Kris Baker (@SabresProspects) March 7, 2016
Will the Bruins trade up to get him?
No. However that’s not to say they won’t trade up for the pick. Currently Vancouver has the #5 pick, and if the Bruins were to move up it will be for Chychrun, Sergachev or Juolevi. According to The Province, the Canucks are not looking to move their first-rounder but are listening to trade offers.
What do you think?