Athletistic / Hockey. Washington Capitals general manager Brian McLellan explained the high-profile trade with the Los Angeles Kings that saw forward Pierre-Luc Dubois join the Capitals. Goaltender Darcy Kuemper went in the opposite direction.

“We are pleased to announce the transfer of Pierre-Luc to Washington. Our team received a talented 25-year-old hockey player with great potential to become a high-quality center in the NHL.

We are confident that with his size, exceptional skating and high hockey IQ, Dubois will succeed on our team, where he will have more responsibilities and opportunities than he had in Los Angeles,” said McLellan in the NHL press service.

In 82 games in the NHL last season, Pierre-Luc Dubois scored 40 points (16+24) for his performance. “Washington” got a center forward on the first two lines. Note that last season, the Swede Niklas Backström suspended his career due to injury, and the Russian Evgeny Kuznetsov went to the Carolina Hurricanes.