Pierre-Luc Dubois

Pierre-Luc Dubois

25-Year-Old CenterC
Washington Capitals
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Dubois didn't like the direction the Jets were taking, so he made it clear he wouldn't extend long-term in Winnipeg. Ultimately, the Jets traded him to the Kings for three roster players and a pick -- a massive commitment on the part of LA with the hopes that Dubois will prove worth it. For now, Dubois looks like the Kings' second-line center behind franchise star Anze Kopitar, though it could be a situation where Dubois gets favorable zone starts while projected third-line center Phillip Danault sees the tough defensive assignments and minutes. Dubois had 143 points in 195 games as a Jet, reaching 60 points in each of the last two years. The Kings are a dark-horse contender in the Western Conference, which could put the 25-year-old in a position for a career year in 2023-24. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed an eight-year, $68 million contract extension with the Jets in June of 2023. Traded to the Kings in June of 2023.
Moving to Washington
CWashington Capitals
June 19, 2024
Dubois was acquired by the Capitals from the Kings on Wednesday in exchange for Darcy Kuemper.
ANALYSIS
The Kings made a big bet on Dubois in the summer of 2023, trading Alex Iafallo, Gabriel Vilardi, Rasmus Kupari and a 2024 second-round pick to get him from the Jets. The move also involved signing Dubois to an eight-year, $68 million contract. The idea was that the center, who provides a strong blend of grit and skill, would make the Kings deep up the middle in the short term and perhaps even be the eventual successor to Anze Kopitar. However, Dubois went from recording at least 60 points in each of his previous two campaigns to finishing with 16 goals and 40 points across 82 regular-season contests in 2023-24. Averaging 15:42 of ice time this season, down from 18:27 in 2022-23, probably didn't help his offensive production, so perhaps the move to Washington will do him some good. Nicklas Backstrom (hip) isn't expected to play at all next season, which leaves the door open for Dubois to possibly serve as the Capitals' top-line center.
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2023–24 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    15:42
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    2:07
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:03
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2021–22
18:56
3:07
0:01
2022–23
18:27
3:37
0:04
2023–24
15:42
2:07
0:03
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Might be shipped to Capitals
CLos Angeles Kings
June 19, 2024
Dubois is close to being traded from the Kings to the Capitals, according to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet on Wednesday.
ANALYSIS
Dubois had a disappointing campaign in 2023-24, recording 16 goals, 40 points, 70 PIM and 96 hits in 82 regular-season outings with LA, which is a significant decline from the 63 points he put up with the Jets in 2022-23. Part of the issue was the Kings' depth at center, which contributed to Dubois averaging just 15:42 of ice time last season compared to his 17:56 across parts of three seasons during his tenure with Winnipeg. A move to Washington might result in Dubois serving as the team's top-line center, especially with Nicklas Backstrom expected to miss 2024-25 with a hip injury, and that would likely result in an uptick in production for the 25-year-old Dubois.
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Dubois' first full season in Winnipeg was good, but not great. The fact the team played poorly certainly didn't help matters any. The No. 3 overall pick from 2016 posted a new career high in goals with 28, while his 60 points were just one behind his previous high-water mark. PLD got plenty of run on the power-play (3:07 per game) and parlayed his increased role with the man advantage into 15 goals and 19 points. Dubois turned just 24 years old this past June, but there are rumors he isn't any happier in Winnipeg than he was in Columbus. He's a trade candidate if he isn't willing to sign a long-term extension with the Jets, but PLD should be good for mid-round fantasy value this coming season regardless of where he plays.
Unhappy with his situation in Columbus, Dubois requested a trade and was eventually shipped to the Jets in January in exchange for a package which included another disgruntled star in Patrik Laine. Neither man fared well in their new homes, with Dubois posting just eight goals and 20 points in 41 games. Dubois will play the entirety of the upcoming campaign at age 23 and has a track record of proven success, but the early returns from a Winnipeg perspective weren't positive. The Jets are a very top-heavy offensive team and Dubois should once again slot in as the club's No. 2 center behind Mark Scheifele. There's legitimate rebound potential here and it would be shocking if Dubois' game doesn't improve to some extent, but don't overpay for past production.
Dubois took a step back last season, totaling 18 goals and 31 helpers in 70 games after racking up 27 goals and 34 assists in 82 contests in 2018-19, but he's still just 22 years old, so there's no reason to believe he won't be able to bounce back in his fourth NHL season in 2020-21. The third overall pick from 2016 is a solid contributor across the board, as he's essentially a lock for 20-plus goals, 30-plus assists, double-digit power-play points, 100-plus hits, 50-plus blocks and 50-plus PIM over the course of a full season, and those figures should only continue to improve as the youngster begins to enter his prime over the next few campaigns. That level of cross-category contributions will make Dubois worth a mid-round pick in this year's fantasy drafts.
The third overall pick in the 2016 draft acquitted himself well as the Blue Jackets' No. 1 center, scoring 27 goals and 61 points while playing all 82 games for the second straight season. Dubois plays a physical two-way game -- he's dished triple-digit hits in each of his two NHL campaigns -- but he's proving to be much more than just a forward who can chip in some complementary offense now and then. His off-the-charts hockey IQ and all-around skill set helps make his linemates better, and he's quickly become the player coach John Tortorella trusts the most. The Columbus offense is expected to take a major step backwards this season following the departure of Artemi Panarin, but if Dubois can continue his development, the club could once again surprise.
While it's still too early to make any definitive statements on the matter, so far, Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen looks like a genius for grabbing Dubois as the third overall pick in 2016 rather than the expected selection, Jesse Puljujarvi. Dubois had an outstanding campaign as a teenager, finishing in the top 10 in rookie scoring with 20 goals and 48 points. He showed a physical edge to his game that should only grow as he matures and gets stronger, and his two-way play was a perfect fit for John Tortorella's system. Dubois averaged nearly two minutes of ice time with the man advantage last season, and his offensive role could increase in 2018-19, especially if Artemi Panarin ends up in another uniform at some point. While sophomore slumps are rarely predictable, Dubois is as well-positioned to avoid one as any player in his cohort.
The third overall pick in 2016 started off last season slowly in the QMJHL, but racked up nine goals and 22 points in 19 playoff games and seems ready to make the leap to the pros. The Blue Jackets have a need at center, and in the long term they're hoping Dubois can develop into a strong two-way player up the middle, but as a rookie he could find himself seeing limited minutes and bouncing between the center and left wing as the 19-year-old acclimates to the NHL.
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Nets goal in Game 1 loss
CLos Angeles Kings
April 22, 2024
Dubois scored a goal on three shots, added four PIM and dished out five hits in Monday's 7-4 loss to the Oilers in Game 1.
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Tallies on power play
CLos Angeles Kings
April 13, 2024
Dubois scored a power-play goal on three shots in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Ducks.
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Plucks apple in win
CLos Angeles Kings
April 4, 2024
Dubois notched an assist in Thursday's 2-1 win over the Sharks.
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Distributes three helpers in win
CLos Angeles Kings
April 3, 2024
Dubois notched three assists and went plus-2 in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Kraken.
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Picks up assist in win
CLos Angeles Kings
March 25, 2024
Dubois notched an assist and two shots on goal in Monday's 3-2 win over the Canucks.
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