Dubois scored his first goal of the season, and the eventual game-winner, in Monday's 3-2 win over the Red Wings. Taking a stretch pass from Mikhail Grigorenko early in the third period, Dubois turned on the jets and beat the Detroit defender as he drove towards the net before tucking a shot off Thomas Greiss' hip and into the back of the net. Dubois was scoreless in the Jackets' first two games as his request for a trade hung over the team like a dark cloud, but at least in this one it didn't appear as though the 22-year-old was letting the off-ice drama affect his play.
Dubois may be looking for a trade out of Columbus despite the two-year extension he signed Thursday, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports. Prior to the deal being reached, Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic had reported that Dubois was "looking for a change of scenery", and the third overall pick in the 2016 draft would be a highly sought-after player if the Blue Jackets do make him available. The $10 million bridge deal will still leave PLD as a restricted free agent heading into 2022-23, and it gives general manager Jarmo Kekalainen a chance to either convince Dubois to stay, or get full value on a return if he does make a deal. The Jackets have been in this situation before and have come out well, notably flipping Ryan Johansen for Seth Jones in 2014, but it would still be a tough blow to the organization if it once again isn't able to retain a promising youngster after developing him.
Dubois secured a two-year, $10 million contract with Columbus on Thursday. Dubois came up just two goals short of the 20-goal mark last year and likely would have reached that threshold were it not for the league going on hiatus. The 21-year-old center should continue to take on more responsibilities with the No. 1 power-play unit and figures to be a solid fantasy option in most formats.
Dubois set up two goals Thursday in a 3-1 win over the Lightning in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round. Dubois has delivered all eight of his postseason points (four goals, four assists) in his last five games. His best NHL season came in 2018-19 when he potted 27 goals and 61 points in 82 games. Dubois clearly has talent, but the Jackets' D-first approach was limited his output. Until now.
Dubois scored a power-play goal and added an even-strength assist in Tuesday's 3-2 quintuple-overtime loss to the Lightning during Game 1. The 22-year-old opened the scoring early in the first period, though he didn't actually do much to earn it -- Dubois was cutting in front of Andrei Vasilevskiy, and Alexandre Texier's shot from the top of the circle just grazed him as it headed into the net. Dubois now has four goals and six points through six games this postseason, with both figures leading the Jackets.
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