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Blue Jackets draft Pierre-Luc Dubois 3rd overall

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The Columbus Blue Jackets selected forward Pierre-Luc Dubois with the third overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft on Friday.

Pierre-Luc Dubois

Position: Left Wing
Height: 6-3
Weight: 202 pounds
Age: 17
Club: Cape Breton (QMJHL)
Nationality: Canadian

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Dubois was NHL Central Scouting's top-ranked North American skater ahead of the draft, having shot up to No. 1 after a midterm ranking of seventh. After scoring only 10 goals in 54 games in his first season with Cape Breton, Dubois exploded in 2015-16, finishing with 42 goals, 99 points, and 112 penalty minutes in 65 games. He had seven goals and 12 points in 12 playoff games.

A "dynamic two-way winger," according to Elite Prospects, Dubois plays in all situations and possesses above-average hockey IQ. He's been compared to NHLers like James Neal and Patrick Marleau.

Dubois isn't as physical a player as many would hope considering his size, and his skating is thought to be his biggest downside.

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