Dubois logged just 3:55 of ice time in the first period of Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Lightning, spending the rest of the game on the bench.
It appears the situation between coach John Tortorella and Dubois has reached a tipping point where it seems inevitable Columbus will be forced to move the center. There will undoubtedly be plenty of suitors for the 22-year-old's services considering he's reached the 45-point mark in each of his first three NHL seasons. If the Blue Jackets are willing to retain a portion of Dubois' salary, it would open up a plethora of potential landing spots.
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.
Dubois had an assist in Friday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Maple Leafs.
Dubois couldn't make much of a curtain call to his hat trick performance in Thursday's Game 3, as his only contribution was an assist on Cam Atkinson's opening tally. The 22-year-old Dubois is up to four points, nine hits and 11 shots through four games in the series.
Dubois scored a hat trick, including the game-winner in overtime, in a 4-3 win over the Maple Leafs in Game 3 on Thursday.
Dubois put the Blue Jackets on the board in the second period, and then scored the equalizer in the third. That forced overtime, where he completed his hat trick on a pass from Alexandre Texier. The trio of goals were the first postseason hat trick by a Blue Jackets player in franchise history. Dubois had 18 tallies and 31 helpers in 70 contests during the regular season. The 22-year-old center will try to stay hot for Friday's Game 4.
Dubois will not face discipline from the league for his hit on Toronto's Jake Muzzin on Tuesday, Sportsnet's Chris Johnston reports.
Through the first two games of the playoffs, Dubois has failed to secure any points while putting just four shots on net. The 21-year-old center did manage four hits and four blocks in those two contests but has otherwise been a non-factor for the Blue Jackets.
Dubois (undisclosed) joined his teammates for practice Wednesday, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
Dubois skated by himself Tuesday before leaving the ice once his teammates arrived for practice, but it appears as though his limited participation was likely just a precautionary move. The 22-year-old pivot led Columbus with 49 points in 70 games this campaign, making him a solid secondary option at forward for those participating in playoff pools.
Dubois (undisclosed) skated by himself Tuesday, but he left the ice once his teammates started to arrive for practice, Brian Hedger of NHL.com reports.
The Blue Jackets are unable to release any details regarding Dubois' condition due to the NHL's new policy on injury updates, but the fact that he wasn't able to participate in practice with his teammates suggests he's likely working through something as training camp gets underway. Postseason play is still more than two weeks away, so at this point there's no reason to hit the panic button. Another update on the 22-year-old pivot, who led Columbus in scoring with 49 points in 70 games this campaign, should surface once he's cleared for practice.
Dubois tallied 18 goals and 31 assists through 70 games prior to the suspension of play in mid-March.
The 21-year-old's 49 points are solid but far from elite, so it's somewhat surprising that he's actually the Blue Jackets' scoring leader. Nonetheless, Dubois has produced at a rate of 0.7 points per game after his 0.74, 61-point sophomore showing last year, so those that rolled with the 2016 third-overall pick have mostly had their expectations fulfilled. Also, his shooting percentage is down from 15.5 to 11.4, so he could be due for a marginal increase in puck luck once play resumes.
Dubois notched an assist and three shots on goal in Sunday's 2-1 win over the Canucks.
The center has racked up three assists in his last four games. Dubois has 49 points (18 goals, 31 helpers), 158 shots, 85 hits and 49 PIM in 70 contests. He's 12 points away from the career-high 61 he had last year -- Dubois would need a big surge to match that mark this season.
Dubois scored a goal on two shots in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to Minnesota.
Dubois scored just over three minutes into the third period to put an end to his 11-game goal drought. Despite the recent slump, the 21-year-old is closing in on the 20-goal plateau for the third time in as many NHL seasons. Dubois has tallied 18 times and has 46 points in 65 games.
Dubois provided an assist and two shots on goal in Monday's 4-3 overtime win over the Senators.
Dubois set up the first of Nick Foligno's two goals in the game. February hasn't been easy on Dubois, who has seven points in 13 contests this month despite a large role on the top line and first power-play unit. The 21-year-old now has 45 points (17 markers, 28 helpers), 144 shots, 79 hits and 47 PIM through 64 games.
Dubois scored twice and dished an assist in Sunday's 4-3 win over the Canadiens.
Dubois' tallies came in the second period. The 21-year-old is on a four-game point streak, with two goals and six helpers in that span. He's up to 17 markers and 42 points overall through 53 games. The center has added 116 shots, 65 hits and 35 PIM in a productive top-line role.
Dubois racked up three assists, two shots on goal, two hits and a plus-3 rating in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Jets.
Dubois assisted on the Blue Jackets' first three tallies. The 21-year-old has picked up four assists over the last two games to enter the bye week on a high note. He's up to 38 points (15 goals, 23 helpers), 113 shots and 65 hits through 51 games.
Dubois registered an assist, two shots on goal, two hits and a plus-2 rating in Sunday's 2-1 win over the Rangers.
Dubois set up Oliver Bjorkstrand's second tally of the game at 19:33 of the third period. The 21-year-old center had been held off the scoresheet in his previous three outings. Dubois is up to 35 points (15 goals, 20 assists), 111 shots, 63 hits and a plus-2 rating through 50 contests.
Dubois scored a goal on a team-high five shots in Saturday's 3-0 win over the Golden Knights.
Dubois stretched the Blue Jackets' lead to 2-0 in the second period. The 21-year-old has been strong with two goals and five helpers in six games since the start of 2020. He's at 15 goals, 34 points and 109 shots on goal through 46 contests this season.
Dubois recorded three assists, including one on the power play, in Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Ducks.
Through two games on the Blue Jackets' west coast trip, Dubois has five assists, five blocked shots and a plus-2 rating. The 21-year-old's three-point outing got him to 33 points (14 goals, 19 helpers) in 44 contests. He'll look to keep churning out helpers Thursday in San Jose.
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