Nicolas Aube-Kubel Scouting Report: 2014 NHL Draft Prospect Profile – Val d’Or Foreurs

Photo credit: Carole-Anne Jacques

Photo credit: Carole-Anne Jacques

By Todd Cordell (@ToddCordell)

Nicolas Aube-Kubel
Age – 18
Position – Center/Right Wing
Height – 5′11″
Weight – 190
Draft Projection: 3rd round
OHL Team: Val d’Or Foreurs
2013-14 Regular Season Stats: 22 goals, 31 assists, 53 points, -1, 61PIMs, 65 games played
2013-14 Playoff Stats: 4 goals, 9 assists, 13 points, 24 games played
Stylistic NHL Comparable(s) – bigger Mats Zuccarello
Upside – 7/10

Strengths – Nicolas Aube-Kubel is one of my favorite sleeper picks in this draft class. He’s a good skater who has a high top speed. He’s elusive with the puck, and once he accelerates he has the ability to blow by defenders and create off the rush. Aube-Kubel is great in the neutral zone, as he gains top speed while carrying the puck up ice and is tough to stop when he gets going. Aube-Kubel is excellent entering the zone, as he regularly gains the opposing line with possession of the puck. Defensively Aube-Kubel is tough to beat in the neutral zone. He likes to challenge opposing players, and he uses his speed to close gaps and pickpocket the puck. He’s always one of the first players back, and serves as a good outlet for his defensemen. Aube-Kubel is very confident skating with the puck, and he regularly retrieves it in his own zone and carries it the entire way up ice. He has good hands, which allows him to step around defenders with ease at times. Aube-Kubel is shifty, creative and he has a nice inside-out move in his repertoire. He’s a one-man breakout, and he can go on rush after rush and never seem to tire. While he doesn’t have the biggest frame, he finishes his checks and doesn’t shy away from a physical game. Aube-Kubel has good vision, and does a good job of distributing the puck to open teammates. He possesses a nice release on his shot. He also understands his responsibilities without the puck, and does a good job driving the net and constantly moving around the ice to create lanes for his teammates.

Weaknesses – While Aube-Kubel has great speed, puck skills and is pretty sound defensively, he can be prone to turning the puck over at times. Aube-Kubel likes to make things happen and uses his creativity to try fancy plays, but they don’t always work, and at times it hurts his team. I love creativity, but if he kept things a little more simple while carrying the puck in his own zone and waited until the puck is out before trying to make things happen he’d likely be better off. He could also add a little more muscle, but that will come with time.

Career Projection – Aube-Kubel projects to be a top-6 forward who can drive possession and play in all situations.

2014 Draft Eligible Prospect Profiles:

Centers

Sam Bennett – Kingston Frontenacs

Jared McCann – Soo Greyhounds

Robby Fabbri – Guelph Storm

Michael Amadio – North Bay Battalion

Wingers

Michael Dal Colle – Oshawa Generals

Nick Ritchie – Peterborough Petes

Nikolay Goldobin – Sarnia Sting 

Brendan Perlini – Niagara IceDogs

Josh Ho-Sang – Windsor Spitfires 

Spencer Watson – Kingston Frontenacs

Eric Cornel – Peterborough Petes 

Brett Pollock – Edmonton Oil Kings

Mads Eller – Edmonton Oil Kings

Defensemen

Aaron Ekblad – Barrie Colts

Anthony DeAngelo – Sarnia Sting

Roland McKeown – Kingston Frontenacs

Dysin Mayo – Edmonton Oil Kings

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