The bubble version of Pierre-Luc Dubois has been mostly missing in action.
More of a mythological figure than a dominant force with any frequency since joining the Winnipeg Jets in the blockbuster deal that sent Patrik Laine and Jack Roslovic to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Make no mistake, there have been glimpses — including a pair of overtime winners and three-point outings — for Dubois, who was acquired to provide the long-term solution at second-line centre for the Jets.
But Dubois never fully found his comfort zone with the Jets, who open the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Wednesday against the Edmonton Oilers.
It would be natural that the circumstances surrounding his departure from the Blue Jackets — which included a very public trade request — would weigh heavily on Dubois, who was chosen third overall in the 2016 NHL Draft.