September 6, 1996|
Laval, Quebec, Canada
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||194 lb (88 kg; 13 st 12 lb)|
San Antonio Rampage
204th overall, 2014|
Julien Nantel (born September 6, 1996) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward. He is currently playing for the Colorado Eagles in the American Hockey League (AHL). He was drafted in the 6th round by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Nantel played 40 games for the Laval-Montreal Rousseau Royal in the QMAAA as a 15 year old, and scored 11 goals with 17 assists and 8 penalty minutes. In his second season with the Royal's he led the team in the playoffs to capture the championship and earn honors as the playoff MVP with 17 points in 17 games.
He was selected by Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in the second round (30th overall) of the 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft. Despite being ranked much higher, he was drafted in the 6th round of the 2014 NHL Entry draft but continued to play in the QMJHL; over the next two seasons he improved both his offensive numbers and his skill as a defensive forward. On March 9, 2016 he signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Colorado Avalanche.
In his rookie professional season in 2016–17, Nantel was assigned to American Hockey League affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage, on October 1, 2016. Used in primarily a defensive forward role, Nantel appeared in 59 games with the Rampage for 8 points. On March 8, 2017, Nantel was re-assigned to secondary ECHL affiliate, the Colorado Eagles. Provided a larger role with the Eagles to continue his development, Nantel remained with the club through the post-season, flourishing in recording 8 goals and 16 points in 20 games to help the Eagles capture their first Kelly Cup.
As an impending restricted free agent following the conclusion of his entry-level contract, Nantel's tenure with the Avalanche ended after he was not tendered a qualifying offer on June 25, 2019. After exploring free agency, Nantel opted to return and continue with the Colorado Eagles, accepting a one-year AHL contract on July 23, 2019.
Regular season and playoffs
|2011–12||Laval-Montréal Rousseau Royal||QMAAA||40||11||17||28||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||Laval-Montréal Rousseau Royal||QMAAA||36||19||21||40||18||17||6||11||17||6|
|2016–17||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||59||5||3||8||10||—||—||—||—||—|
|2017–18||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||48||6||2||8||12||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honours
|President's Cup (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)||2016|
|Kelly Cup (Colorado Eagles)||2017, 2018|||
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