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Pierre-Luc Dubois, Patrik Laine Swap Teams in Blockbuster Deal

Pierre-Luc Dubois

Former Columbus Blue Jacket Pierre-Luc Dubois has been traded to the Winnipeg Jets along with a 2022 third-round pick in exchange for superstar winger Patrik Laine and Jack Roslovic.

Pierre-Luc Dubois Packs Bags for Winnipeg Jets

Dubois made his decision clear this past offseason. He wants out of Columbus. His wish has finally been granted. His tumultuous breakup with the Blue Jackets organization was not only painful but very public. Rumours initially spread around the league and were addressed openly by members of the organization early in the season. Head coach John Tortorella went so far as to bench the young star for the majority of games. Dubois’ name is just the most recent of stars who have made their way out.

Pierre-Luc Dubois’s time with the Blue Jackets has not been all bad. He was a rookie on the team when they swept the record-breaking Tampa Bay Lightning. His 48 point total was very respectable and he built upon that total in his second NHL season. While his third full season saw a point decrease, that can be attributed to a shortened year. As far as this season’s point total is concerned, look no further than his feud with the head coach. Dubois has arguably been their top forward during his tenure.

A Sought After Skill Set

One of the best aspects of Dubois’s game is his ability to play physically. His 6’3, 218 lb frame gives him that advantage over smaller players. His ability to generate offence from a player of that size is a huge benefit to any team and the (insert team name) are lucky to have him. One big thing his new coaches will likely look for improvement in is his faceoffs. Pierre-Luc Dubois is below 50% on faceoffs over the course of his career. Faceoffs are an undervalued aspect of a hockey game and improved numbers could lead to more wins for the team.

Patrik Laine joins Columbus in an effort to spark plug some additional offence for a Columbus team that’s losing a punch. He gets a new start after a rough couple seasons in Winnipeg, and he’ll look to find his goal-scoring touch once again.

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