Nicolas Aube-Kubel

Nicolas Aube-Kubel

26-Year-Old CenterC
Washington Capitals
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Originally a second-round pick of the Flyers (48th overall) in 2014, Aube-Kubel began last season in Philadelphia before moving on to Colorado. He won a Stanley Cup with his new team, finishing the year with 11 goals and 23 points in 74 games. He was in and out of the lineup during the postseason. The Avalanche were reported to be interested in re-signing NAK, but he ultimately agreed to a one-year, $1 million deal with Toronto. Aube-Kubel should again battle for bottom-six minutes with his new club, which isn't a fantasy-friendly proposition. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Maple Leafs in July of 2022. Waived by the Maple Leafs in November of 2022. Claimed off waivers by the Capitals in November of 2022.
Returning Tuesday
CWashington Capitals
January 17, 2023
Aube-Kubel will draw into the lineup Tuesday against the Wild and skate on the top line, Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports.
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Aube-Kubel is making his return with a plum assignment on the top line alongside Alex Ovechkin and Dylan Strome. The Capitals have been shuffling lines aggressively in recent outings so it's not clear how long the 26-year-old will enjoy the cushy assignment, but his appeal in daily formats gets a sizable boost given the current deployment.
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2022–23 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    9:05
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:04
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:20
  • Average Time On Ice:
    11:33
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:01
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:02
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2020–21
11:10
0:10
0:02
2021–22
9:49
0:02
0:02
2021–22
9:49
0:04
0:00
2022–23
9:05
0:04
0:20
2022–23
11:33
0:01
0:02
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Aube-Kubel took a step back in 2020-21, registering just 12 points and 120 hits in 50 games a year after posting 15 points in 36 contests. The 25-year-old forward hits like a wrecking ball, which is a double-edged sword in fantasy -- he'll likely be limited to bottom-six usage barring injuries to the Flyers' top six. The Alberta native probably won't do enough to bump Cam Atkinson off Philadelphia's second line, so Aube-Kubel shouldn't be expected to see much more than 13 minutes of ice time per game. As such, don't expect much more than 25 points, although he could supplement his fantasy value with 150 hits and 70 PIM as one of the Flyers' grittier players.
Aube-Kubel became a semi-regular for the Flyers in 2019-20, notching 15 points and 82 hits in 36 appearances. Impressively, three of his points came on the power play -- not bad for a forward who typically saw fourth-line usage at even strength. Aube-Kubel isn't expected to get much more than bottom-six assignments in 2020-21, either, which will limit his exposure to high-quality scoring chances. That said, the 24-year-old made the most of his chances last year and could challenge the 20-point mark in the abbreviated 56-game campaign. Nonetheless, fantasy managers should be cautious with NAK given the uncertainty surrounding his role heading into the year.
The Flyers second-round pick from the 2014 draft will be a welcome addition to the big club once his game matures. A sparkplug on the ice, Aube-Kubel's high-intensity game would be welcome on any third line in the NHL. He is only 18, though, and still needs to add bulk to be able to play his style of game successfully among the best in the world. It is expected that he will rejoin Val d'Or in the QMJHL to complete his third year in junior and will look to start his professional career next season.
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Scores first of the season
CWashington Capitals
January 5, 2023
Aube-Kubel scored a goal on two shots in Thursday's 6-2 win over the Blue Jackets.
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Supplies two assists
CWashington Capitals
December 13, 2022
Aube-Kubel notched two assists, four shots on goal, two PIM and a plus-2 rating in Tuesday's 7-3 win over the Blackhawks.
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Receives three-game suspension
CWashington Capitals
Suspension
November 12, 2022
Aube-Kubel was suspended for three games Saturday for his check to the head of Tampa Bay's Cal Foote on Friday.
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Hearing with Player Safety
CWashington Capitals
November 12, 2022
Aube-Kubel will have a hearing Saturday with NHL Player Safety after his illegal check to the head of Tampa Bay's Cal Foote on Friday.
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Claimed by Capitals
CWashington Capitals
November 5, 2022
Washington claimed Aube-Kubel off waivers from Toronto on Saturday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
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