Eagles power forward well-known to NHL scouts
SYDNEY — Next hockey season may still be a couple of months away, but the NHL’s radar is continuing to track Cape Breton Screaming Eagles forward Pierre-Luc Dubois. The league’s central scouting bureau has identified the smooth-skating 17-year-old as one of nine players from the Québec Major Junior Hockey League to make its Futures List of 100 Top Prospects. Dubois, who was selected fifth overall in the 2014 QMJHL draft, is projected to be a first-round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, a feat recently accomplished teammate Evgeny Svechnikov, who was taken 19th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in last month’s 2015 NHL Entry Draft. The scouting bureau’s Troy Dumville on Dubois: “I loved his compete level as a 16year-old this past season — he should have a big year.” Dubois is coming off a busy year, that included two trips to Europe, and next season doesn’t look any less active, with the six-foot-two power forward slated to attend Canada’s U-18 team training camp at the end of the month in Calgary before returning to Sydney for the Screaming Eagles camp in mid-August.