According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, the Columbus Blue Jackets have agreed to an entry-level contract with their first round pick, Pierre-Luc Dubois. While the Blue Jackets won’t officially announce the contract until July 1st, it should be a standard three-year affair that earns him league minimum.
Blue Jackets also sign PL Dubois to entry level contract.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 29, 2016
Report: Pierre-Luc Dubois Signs Entry-Level Deal
The Jackets drafted Dubois as a surprise third overall pick in this year’s draft, passing on talented winger Jesse Puljujarvi. In his last year playing for the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Dubois finished third overall in the league with 99 points (42G, 57A) in 62 games. What’s more, NHL Central Scouting named him the number one North American skater in their final pre-draft rankings. Sidney Crosby was the last player from the QMJHL to earn this honor, prior to the 2005 Entry Draft.
Dan Marr, the director of Central Scouting, describes Dubois as a “bonafide future star” for the Blue Jackets. Marr also refers to Dubois as a “multi-dimensional player possessing the ability to influence a game in a number of ways.” He joins a Blue Jackets organization in need of an elite scorer, where his versatility could allow him to slot in as a center or a winger.
You can also check out Ben Kerr’s scouting report of Pierre-Luc Dubois.
Main Photo: BUFFALO, NY – JUNE 24: Pierre-Luc Dubois celebrates after being selected third overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets during round one of the 2016 NHL Draft on June 24, 2016 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)