Ea­gles power for­ward well-known to NHL scouts

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS -

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.

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