BUFFALO — Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen wasn’t bluffing. The Blue Jackets have selected Pierre-Luc Dubois with the third overall draft pick. That means the Blue Jackets did not select Finnish phenom Jesse Puljujarvi, who came into today’s draft as part of the so-called Big Three, along with the first and second overall picks, Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine, respectively. Dubois, who turned 18 today, had 99 points in 62 games for QMJHL Cape Breton. He told PHT during the Stanley Cup Final that he thinks he can be a “first-line center in the NHL,” and that may have helped convince Kekalainen — who traded Ryan Johansen to Nashville for Seth Jones during the regular season — to take Dubois over
After going off the board to take winger Yegor Korshkov with the 31st overall pick, the Toronto Maple Leafs restored order a little, taking Swedish international standout Carl Grundstrom with their final pick of the second round. Grundstrom, who has excelled with Team Sweden at the U20, U18, U17 and U16 level has long been one of Sweden's top prospects in this class. At the U20 level domestically, Grundstrom led all MODO SuperElit players in points per game (the year before his draft year with 36 points, including an impressive 21 goals, in 27 games. This year, playing a full year in the SHL, Grundstrom led all under-19 players in scoring, out-doing Joel Eriksson Ek (who went 20th overall to the Minnesota Wild last year) and fellow top 2016 prospect Rasmus Asplund with 16 points in 49 games with MODO.