Dillon Dube is an undersized centre who plays bigger than what his listed height says, getting involved in the forecheck and battling for space in front of the net. He is not afraid to take on bigger opponents, and plays with a non-stop motor. After the whistle, he can be found in the middle of scrums, often working to agitate opponents and get them off their game. Dube isn’t afraid to go to the net, and to battle in the dirty areas of the ice; fighting for pucks in the corners or battling in the front of the net. He is also willing to drive the net both with and without the puck.Offensively, Dube has the instincts, vision, and passing skill to be a playmaker. Dube sees the ice very well, and can thread a tape-to-tape pass through the smallest of openings. Dube has high-end hockey IQ and almost always seems to make the smart play with the puck on his stick. He uses good stick handling and puck protection in the cycle game to extend plays and wait for his teammates to get open. He also has a heavy shot and quick release to be a sniper, and the quick reflexes, and soft hands to bury rebounds or score goals on rebounds in when he does get to the net. He needs to show more consistency though as he can go through stretches where the scoring dries up.
Dube is a shifty playmaking center with great speed and vision. He has a definite scoring touch, goes to the net hard, keeps his stick on the ice, and feasts on playing in the slot. He sees and reads the game very well, keeps his head up, and makes things happen. He has good hand-eye coordination and commendable stickhandling and puck possession skills. He’s always able to get his stick on the puck, and reads and anticipate the play as it develops. He works hard at both ends of the ice, is responsible in his own end of the ice and plays in all situations.
He's got middle six center written all over him. He's speedy, reliable, and good on defense. He should be an easy plug-and-play in a few years for whoever drafts him.
Expected Draft Position
Dube should be a second round selection but it's always possible he slides to the third.
How Prospect Fits in Avalanche Organization
He'd be a very good fit for the Avalanche, especially if they drafted him in the third round. He fits a lot of what they like except for being as small as he is. Given that, don't expect the Avs to suddenly revert back to Rick Pracey life and make Dube the guy.