Jean Dupuy

Hometown:

Ottawa Ontario

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1994-10-06

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

Signed as free agent, 2014

Weight:

195 lbs.

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History

2009-10: Jean Dupuy split the season between the Ottawa Junior 67’s minor midget AAA squad and the Gloucester Rangers AA team. He scored 6 goals with 14 assists and 10 penalty minutes in 18 regular season games for Ottawa and had 1 goal with 4 assists and 10 penalty minutes in 11 playoff games. In eight games for Gloucester he scored 6 goals with 6 assists and 8 penalty minutes. Dupuy was selected by Kingston in the 13th round (259th overall) in the 2010 OHL priority draft and was taken by the Junior A Hawkesbury Hawks in the second round (19th overall) in the CJHL Draft.

2010-11: Dupuy played Junior A hockey as a 16-year-old, skating in eight games with the Hawkesbury Hawks, and was among the team leaders in points and penalty minutes in his second season with the Ottawa Jr 67’s midget AAA team. He scored 1 goal with 2 assists and 3 penalty minutes playing for the Hawks. Dupuy scored 12 goals with 12 assists and 52 penalty minutes in 26 regular season games for Ottawa. He scored 3 goals with 2 assists and 2 penalty minutes in six playoff games.

2011-12: Dupuy skated in 50 of 68 games for the Kingston Frontenacs in his first OHL season; missing time early in the year with a bruised retina. He scored 3 goals with 5 assists and was -21 with 25 penalty minutes. The Frontenacs finished last in the East Division, missing the playoffs with the OHL’s second-worst record.

2012-13: Dupuy was one of the OHL’s most active pugilists in his second season with Kingston. He played in 45 regular season games for the Frontenacs, missing two games due to a mid-season suspension and then suffering a knee injury at the beginning of February that kept him out of the lineup until the playoffs. Dupuy scored 4 goals with 3 assists and was -10 with 79 penalty minutes during the regular season. Kingston finished third in the East Division and was swept by Barrie in a first -ound playoff series. Dupuy was -1 with no points and 9 penalty minutes in four playoff games. He was ranked 188th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings prior to the 2013 NHL Draft but was not selected. 

2013-14: Dupuy participated in the Winnipeg Jets rookie camp but was not signed to a contract — returning to Kingston for his third OHL season. Dupuy appeared in three games for the Frontenacs before being traded to Sault Ste. Marie in October 2013 in exchange for two draft picks. He scored 1 goal and had one fighting major in his brief time with Kingston. Dupuy played 45 regular season games for the Greyhounds, missing time early in the year with a hand injury and missing a month after suffering a concussion in January 2014. He scored 9 goals with 8 assists and was +1 with 41 penalty minutes for the Greyhounds. Sault Ste. Marie finished first in the West Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Dupuy scored 3 goals with 1 assist and had an even plus/minus with 2 penalty minutes in nine playoff games.

2014-15: Dupuy attended training camp with Jets’ AHL affiliate St. John’s but was not signed to a contract, returning to Sault Ste. Marie for an overage season. In November 2014 he signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Buffalo Sabres. Dupuy played in 54 regular season games for the Greyhounds, missing time late in the year with a lower-body injury. He had career highs in goals (18) and assists (28) and was +40 with 52 penalty minutes. Sault Ste. Marie finished first in the West Division with a league-high 110 points and reached the Western Conference finals against Erie. Dupuy scored 4 goals with 2 assists and was +2 with 9 penalty minutes in 10 playoff games.

 

Talent Analysis

Dupuy made a name for himself early in his junior career with his willingness to engage opponents and use his size and strength to play a physical game; fighting when necessary to change the momentum of a game or to protect a teammate. He showed some scoring ability as an overage forward in his final season with Sault Ste. Marie. Bigger and stronger than some of the younger players in the OHL, he is also skated for a dominant Greyhounds squad so it could be unrealistic to expect Dupuy to have that same scoring touch at the pro level. What makes him attractive as a prospect is his work ethic, combativeness, and the perseverance he has shown to continue improving while overcoming a series of nagging injuries.

Future

Dupuy is skating for Buffalo AHL affiliate Rochester in 2015-16. In his first season of pro hockey, he has provided bang with supplementary scoring for the Amerks. Dupuy is not likely to put up huge offensive numbers but he has the size, strength and competitive nature to be an effective lower-line forward.

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