Julien Nantel

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Julien Nantel
Born (1996-09-06) September 6, 1996 (age 22)
Laval, Quebec, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 194 lb (88 kg; 13 st 12 lb)
Position Forward
Shoots Left
AHL team
Former teams
Colorado Eagles
San Antonio Rampage
NHL Draft 204th overall, 2014
Colorado Avalanche
Playing career 2016–present

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.[1]

Playing career[edit]

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.[2] 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.[3] On March 9, 2016 he signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Colorado Avalanche.[4]

In his rookie professional season in 2016–17, Nantel was assigned to American Hockey League affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage, on October 1, 2016.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7] After exploring free agency, Nantel opted to return and continue with the Colorado Eagles, accepting a one-year AHL contract on July 23, 2019.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
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
2012–13 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies QMJHL 4 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013–14 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies QMJHL 68 14 20 34 18 9 0 4 4 2
2014–15 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies QMJHL 64 26 35 61 34 6 3 1 4 2
2015–16 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies QMJHL 52 22 24 46 28 20 4 4 8 12
2016–17 San Antonio Rampage AHL 59 5 3 8 10
2016–17 Colorado Eagles ECHL 5 2 0 2 0 20 8 8 16 6
2017–18 San Antonio Rampage AHL 48 6 2 8 12
2017–18 Colorado Eagles ECHL 18 4 11 15 6 24 3 4 7 2
2018–19 Colorado Eagles AHL 45 1 3 4 8 4 1 0 1 0
2018–19 Utah Grizzlies ECHL 10 6 3 9 4
AHL totals 152 12 8 20 30 4 1 0 1 0

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2013 Canada Quebec U17 4th 6 1 0 1 4
Junior totals 6 1 0 1 4

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
QMAAA
Playoff MVP 2013
QMJHL
President's Cup (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies) 2016
ECHL
Kelly Cup (Colorado Eagles) 2017, 2018 [6][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Avalanche sign Julien Nantel to ELC". thehockeywriters.com. 2016-03-09. Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  2. ^ "Prospect profile: Julien Nantel". hockeysfuture.com. 2013-04-05. Retrieved 2013-04-05.
  3. ^ "Top 25 prospects under 25 for Avalanche". bsndenver.com. 2016-08-10. Retrieved 2016-08-10.
  4. ^ "Avalanche sign Julien Nantel to rookie contract". milehighhockey.com. 2016-03-09. Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  5. ^ "Avalanche makes roster moves before facing Kings". Colorado Avalanche. 2016-10-01. Retrieved 2016-10-01.
  6. ^ a b "Colorado Eagles sweep South Carolina to win first Kelly Cup". Denver Post. 2017-06-05. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
  7. ^ "Andrighetto not qualified by Avalanche". coloradohockeynow.com. June 25, 2019. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  8. ^ "Forward Julien Nantel returns to Colorado". Colorado Eagles. July 23, 2019. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
  9. ^ "Back-to-back Kelly Cup Champions". Colorado Eagles. 2018-06-10. Retrieved 2018-06-10.

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