Pierre-Luc Dubois - Center - Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL)
2015-16 Stats - 62 GP - 42 G, 57 A, 112 PIMs
What Dubois really brings to the table that makes him of value to the Coyotes is his versatility. The ability to play both center and wing adds an extra edge to him.
It's obvious that the Coyotes are verging on possibly too many center prospects. So this choice could be a questionable one. Especially when a defensive prospect will be available to pick at #7.
But Dubois is also capable of playing left wing, an area that the Coyotes are largely bereft of skill. This ability to switch from the center to the wing would allow the Coyotes to deepen their wing prospect pool while also maintaining a safe guard in case one of the other center prospects don't pan out or are dealt in order to get much needed defense talent.
He's consistently stayed in the 7-8 range in the draft rankings all year. He's known for his power and strength paired with elite agility. These allow Dubois to play as a two-way player that can explode on the ice but still maintain a strong back check. His 112 PIMs also indicate a rough-and-tumble playing style not unlike one Max Domi. And like Domi, he is also a highly offensive force with 99 total points in his second year in the QMJHL.
As far as his NHL comparables go, Anze Kopitar is the type of player that Dubois could develop into if he is developed correctly and takes his talent to the next level. Dubois could arguably be the most complete or well-rounded player in the draft this year. He has a talent that is fit to help him impact all aspects of the game. Many scouts also relate him to James Neal citing his multidimensional talent as the reason.
Dubois would no doubt be a solid choice at #7. But will he last that long? And if he does, will the Coyotes pick from a position of relative strength without addressing an area of weakness?