Jets, Blue Jackets Updated Lines After Pierre-Luc Dubois, Laine, Roslovic Trade

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJanuary 23, 2021

Columbus Blue Jackets center Pierre-Luc Dubois (18) plays against the Nashville Predators in an NHL hockey game Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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The Winnipeg Jets and Columbus Blue Jackets shook up their rosters significantly Saturday with a blockbuster trade involving forward Pierre-Luc Dubois and Patrik Laine.

The Jets announced that they sent Laine and forward Jack Roslovic to the Blue Jackets for Dubois and a third-round pick in the 2022 NHL draft.

Following the trade, here is a look at the potential line combinations for Winnipeg:

  • Line 1: Kyle Connor (LW) - Mark Scheifele (C) - Blake Wheeler (RW)
  • Line 2: Andrew Copp (LW) - Pierre-Luc Dubois (C) - Nikolaj Ehlers (RW)
  • Line 3: Jansen Harkins (LW) - Paul Stastny (C) - Mason Appleton (RW)
  • Line 4: Mathieu Perreault (LW) - Trevor Lewis (C) - Kristian Vesalainen (RW)

Meanwhile, the Blue Jackets' lines could look something like this:

  • Line 1: Boone Jenner (LW) - Alexandre Texier (C) - Patrik Laine (RW)
  • Line 2: Liam Foudy (LW) - Max Domi (C) - Oliver Bjorkstrand (RW)
  • Line 3: Mikhail Grigorenko (LW) - Mikko Koivu (C) - Cam Atkinson (RW)
  • Line 4: Eric Robinson (LW) - Jack Roslovic (C) - Nathan Gerbe (RW)

Winnipeg landed arguably the most promising young player in the trade in the form of Dubois, who is still just 22 years old despite being in his fourth NHL season.

The No. 3 overall pick in the 2016 NHL draft is off to a slow start this season with one goal and no assists through five games, but he he has performed at a high level before.

Just two seasons ago, Dubois set career highs with 27 goals and 34 assists for 61 points in his age-20 season. Those numbers fell off a bit last season, as he registered 18 goals and 31 assists for 49 assists in 70 games.

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The new surroundings could benefit Dubois, especially since the Jets have a more skilled forward group, which could result in Dubois playing alongside winger Nikolaj Ehlers.

Acquiring Dubois makes sense from Winnipeg's perspective as well since it is now as deep at center as any team in the NHL with Mark Scheifele on the first line, Dubois on the second and veteran Paul Stastny on the third.

Dubois should be a good fit in Winnipeg, but it won't be at all surprising if Columbus ends up being the team that wins the trade.

Laine is still just 22 as well, and he is by far the most accomplished goal scorer among those involved in the deal with 140 goals in 306 career games played.

The Finn scored a career-high 44 goals in 2017-18 and has scored 30 or more goals in three of his four NHL seasons. Last season, Laine had the best point-per-game mark of his career with 0.926, as he registered 63 points in 68 games.

Laine is currently on injured reserve with an upper-body injury, but he had two goals and one assist in the one game he played so far this season.

Roslovic isn't as accomplished as Dubois or Laine, but he is still young and has a first-round pedigree to boot.

The American is just shy of his 24th birthday, and he proved last season that he could be a fairly productive bottom-six center with 12 goals and 17 assists for 29 points in 71 games.

Roslovic will likely begin in the bottom six for Columbus, but since the Blue Jackets are somewhat lacking in terms of high-end centers following the trade of Dubois, it is possible Roslovic could carve out a top-six role in the near future.