Pierre-Luc Dubois is one of the top prospects available for the 2016 NHL draft, ranked ninth in the newest edition of THN Future Watch. He may not get any more chances to improve his stock though.
With the playoffs just days away, the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles center was suspended indefinitely Saturday by the QMJHL for a hit from behind on Saint John Sea Dogs defenseman Luke Green the previous night.
Dubois and Green were chasing after a puck that slid behind the Saint John net. Green was going to get there first until Dubois shoved him into the boards as the players crossed the goal line. The 6-foot-2, 202-pound forward was not penalized on the play.
The league said it will review the video of the incident, medical reports and speak to the players and organizations involved before reaching a verdict.
Green is expected to be sidelined two to four weeks, according to Mikael Lalancette of TVA Sports. Therefore, he could miss the entire first round of the playoffs and maybe more. The third-seeded Sea Dogs open a series against the 14th-ranked Acadie-Bathurst Titan next week.
Green was the first overall pick in the 2014 QMJHL draft and is a potential first-rounder in the NHL version in June. He recorded 10 goals and 35 points – good for 22nd among QMJHL blueliners – in 61 games.
The Screaming Eagles are in for a much tougher task if they lose the services of Dubois. No. 7 Cape Breton faces off against the 10th-seeded Chicoutimi Sagueneens and Dubois’ offensive skills could be missed. His 99 points put him third in league scoring.
It’s been a season full of accolades for Dubois. The 17-year-old forward was the youngest player at the Canadian world junior selection camp before getting cut. He also recorded three points, including the winning goal, at the BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in January.