2010-11: Nicolas Aube-Kubel played bantam hockey in Sorel-Tracy, PQ.
2011-12: Aube-Kubel skated for Collège Antoine-Girouard Gaulois in Quebec midget AAA hockey. He scored 11 goals with 13 assists and had 36 penalty minutes in 41 regular season games. Collège Antoine-Girouard Gaulois had the Quebec league’s best record before falling to Seminaire Saint-Francois in the playoff semifinals. Aube-Kubel scored 7 goals with 9 assists and 12 penalty minutes in 11 playoff games. He was selected by Val-d’Or in the first round (seventh overall) of the 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft.
2012-13: Aube-Kubel joined the QMJHL’s Foreurs as a 16-year-old and played for Canada Quebec in the 2013 U17 World Hockey Challenge. He scored 10 goals with 17 assists and was -4 with 26 penalty minutes in 64 regular season games for Val-d’Or and was -2 with 1 goal and 8 penalty minutes in 10 playoff games. Aube-Kubel was Canada Quebec’s leading scorer with 4 goals, 4 assists and 2 penalty minutes in six games at the WHC.
2013-14: Aube-Kubel participated in Hockey Canada’s U18 camp before returning to Val-d’Or for his second season. Skating for a Memorial Cup-bound Foreurs squad that featured QMJHL leading scorer Anthony Mantha (DET), he scored 22 goals with 31 assists and was minus-1 with 61 penalty minutes in 65 games. Val-d’Or finished first in the West Division and knocked off East Division champion Baie-Comeau in the QMJHL finals. Aube-Kubel scored 4 goals with 9 assists and was plus-10 with 20 penalty minutes in 24 playoff games. He had no points with an even plus/minus and 2 penalty minutes in four Memorial Cup games. Aube-Kubel was ranked 40th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Philadelphia in the second round (48th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.
2014-15: Aube-Kubel attended his first NHL training camp and signed a three-year entry-level contract with Philadelphia in October 2014 before returning to Val-d’Or for his second QMJHL season. He was an assistant captain for the Foreurs and was the team’s third-leading scorer. He scored 38 goals with 42 assists, trailing only Anthony Richard and Anthony Beuregard, and was +13 with 81 penalty minutes in 61 regular season games. Val-d’Or finished second in the West Division and reached the playoff semifinals, falling to Rimouski in four games. Aube-Kubel scored 5 goals with 10 assists and was -7 with 22 penalty minutes in 17 playoff games.
2015-16: Aube-Kubel made his pro hockey debut in April 2016, joining Flyers’ AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley following his third QMJHL season with Val-d’Or. He scored 2 goals with 1 assist and was +3 with 6 penalty minutes in six games with the Phantoms. Aube-Kubel scored 38 goals in 61 regular season goals for Val-d’Or, three behind team leader Julien Gauthier, and was +38 with 46 assists and 71 penalty minutes. The Foreurs finished second to Rouyn-Noranda in the West Division and fell to Blainville-Boisbriand in a first-round playoff series. Aube-Kubel scored 3 goals and was +2 with 12 penalty minutes in six playoff games. He skated for the QMJHL all-stars in the Subway Series against Russia in November, scoring 1 goal with 1 assist and finishing -3 with 2 penalty minutes.
With great wheels and a motor that doesn't quit, Aube-Kubel's hard-working and high-energy style of play makes him a versatile addition to any lineup. Whether it is driving the net to create scoring chances or back-checking to prevent them, Aube-Kubel fits the blueprint of a player who can slot into many roles and situations at the next level. With his offensive talents still blossoming, it is hard to say what sort of player he will finally develop into, but he is sure to be the type of player that coaches love.
Aube-Kubel made his pro debut with the AHL's Lehigh Valley Phantoms in April 2016 following his third junior season with Val-d'Or in 2015-16. A consistent scorer who plays the game with an edge, he will likely skate for the Phantoms in his first pro season in 2016-17. Long-term he projects as a two-way second or third line winger who fits the traditional mold of a Flyers' forward.