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Pierre-Luc Dubois or Matthew Tkachuk?

Two day after the Vancouver Canucks received the 5th overall pick in the draft lottery, Jim Benning appeared on TSN 1040 and confirmed the pick would likely come down to Pierre-Luc Dubois or Matthew Tkachuk. Barring any changes to this statement, we'll see one of those two sporting a Canucks sweater in Buffalo on June 24th, 2016 (coincidentally, the 18th birthday of Dubois).

While Canuck fans are still reeling from the decision of "Matthews or Laine?" changing to "Tkachuk or Dubois?", there's a lot to like about adding one of these talented young forwards to our prospect pool. It all comes down to where Benning decides our biggest needs are and, of course, who Edmonton chooses with the 4th overall pick.

Pierre-Luc Dubois

Pierre-Luc Dubois started the 2015-2016 on the precipice of the top 10, but after a solid season with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles he seems to be a lock to go in the top 5. With 99 points in 62 games, his numbers were good enough to be the third highest scorer in the QMJHL, but I'm equally excited about his play away from the net.

Dubois finished the season with a Plus/Minus of +40 (tied for 5th in the league) and displays a well rounded defensive game all over the ice. His team leading 122 PIM (12th in the league) shows he isn't afraid to get physical while putting up points and going 50.4% after taking the second most draws on the team (843) show he's no slouch at the dot.

Now, for your viewing pleasure, some highlights! The background music is an Adele/Eminem mashup so maybe mute it and throw on the Space Jam soundtrack or something. To avoid the interviews, skip ahead to around 3:30.

Matthew Tkachuk

The son of United States Hall of Famer Keith Tkachuk has some big shoes to fill and looks to have taken those expectations seriously. Playing with talented prospects like Mitch Marner (Toronto) and Christian Dvorak (Arizona), he's proven that he's ready for the next level after putting up 107 points (30G/77A) in 57 games this season with the London Knights of the OHL.

While his 77 assists may indicate he's more of a set up man, Tkachuk has a nose for the net and scores a lot goals in close quarters with a combination of quick hands and sharp reflexes. He also isn't afraid to get under the opponents skin with 80 PIM in the regular season to show for it.

While Tkachuk was already a top rated prospect going into the year, he turned a lot of heads after leading Team USA in scoring at the World Juniors (11 points) and piling up 40 points (20G/20A) in 18 games of the OHL playoffs. With a strong mix of skill, speed and grit; he's a tough player to go up against and would make a great asset to any team.

What's that? Highlights? Here you go! (maybe keep the Space Jam soundtrack going)

Personally, I'm hoping for Dubois as I'm a fan of his 200 foot game and versatility in playing both center and wing. What about you?

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