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Pierre-Luc Dubois does not intend to stop there

Pierre-Luc Dubois does not intend to stop there

Pierre-Luc Dubois plays exactly the way the Winnipeg Jets expected when they acquired Quebec last January. The young striker had an excellent start to the season and does not intend to stop there.

“Every year I try to improve as the season progresses. […] At the moment, I’m happy with the way I’m playing, but I know I can do better,” Dubois commented at a post-training press conference on Thursday.

The 23-year-old left winger has seven goals and four assists for 11 points in nine games. He is second only to Kyle Connor in the Gates Indexes.

Dubois has also changed his gameplay quite a bit, so he has found the back net in abundance since the start of the campaign. He admitted Tuesday, against the Dallas Stars, that he directed seven hardballs to the opposite goal, and is arguably his personal best.

“I’ve often been asked to shoot more at the net and pass less. I know I do a lot of passes sometimes. I have to borrow the maverick mentality, because I feel like a passerby,” said Dubois, who still has two seasons of 20 goals behind in the tie. .

Unexpected reunion

This season, the Saint-Agathe-de-Monts native reunited with one of his former teammates in the Quebec Major League Hockey, Evgeny Svechnikov.

The promising Russian, 25, is trying to find a niche at the Pittman circuit after leaving the Detroit Red Wings. The 19th selection in the 2015 draft looked well alongside Quebec, with three points in eight matches.

“We’re still talking about it,” Dubois said of his two years with Svichnikov with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. When he was signed, we started playing together again and sometimes it’s surreal. I played with him and another guy named Maxim Lazarev in the juniors and they showed me how to play – not in the Russian way – but in a different way. When I started playing with [Artemi] Panarin in Columbus, it was similar.”

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“With Svech now, I still know how he plays or where he wants me to be or vice versa. We work together, we can still improve as a trio and in terms of our chemistry, but the more we play together, the more confidence we have,” Dubois added.

Former Blainville-Boisbriand Armada will try to raise his streak to nine by at least one point when the Jets receive a visit from the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday.