Columbus Blue Jackets Prospects Continue to Dominate the QMJHL

BOISBRIAND, QC - OCTOBER 20: Maxime Fortier
BOISBRIAND, QC - OCTOBER 20: Maxime Fortier /

The Columbus Blue Jackets have two prospects that continue to dominate play in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Fans of the Columbus Blue Jackets have been keeping their eyes on the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League since Jarmo shocked the hockey world and drafted Pierre-Luc Dubois. The young center played his next two season in the Q playing for Cape Breton and Blainville-Boisbriand.

But now there is even more to watch. The Columbus Blue Jackets have in their prospect pool the defending MVP of the league and the fifth highest scorer in the league thus far.

Newly signed Maxime Fortier has 36 points in 26 games, good for the fifth highest total in the Q. Right behind him in sixth in the league is Vitalii Abramov with 35 points in 23 games.

Columbus Blue Jackets
Columbus Blue Jackets /

Columbus Blue Jackets

No other team has more than one prospect in the top 15 of scoring in the league. The Jackets have two of the top six. Both prospects are undersized but highly skilled scorers that will continue to dominate the Q. Brush up on your french CBJ fans and tune into some Q games this winter.

Texier in double digits

The Columbus Blue Jackets top pick in this year’s draft has broken double digits in Liiga in Finland. Alexander Texier is up to seven goals and three assist in Finland’s top league. The mark is good third on his team and sixth among newcomers in Liiga. He also has three assist in three games that KalPa has played in the European Champions league play that is similar to what soccer clubs compete in.

The 18-year-old will continue to play on France’s international team for all tournaments that he is eligible for as well. He should be a fun player to keep track of next year in camp.

Howarth leads BCHL in points per game

Kale Howarth, the 5th round pick from this seasons entry draft, is dominating in the British Columbia Hockey League as well. The forward leads the league in points per game with 1.54 points per game. His 40 points in 26 games have him in second in the league.

The BCHL, while not as competitive as the CHL, is still a solid minor hockey league. It has produced such talents as Paul Kariya, Ryan Johansen and Tyler Bozak though so its nothing to scoff at. Kale will play at the University of Connecticut next season.

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