22-Year-Old Center – Columbus Blue Jackets
Michael Chaput Contract Information:
Signed a three-year, entry-level deal with the Blue Jackets in May of 2012.
Chaput had another strong exhibition game Monday, picking up an assist and winning seven of 12 faceoffs, the Columbus Dispatch reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Chaput's first pro season was unremarkable, with 13 goals and 32 points in 73 games for AHL Springfield, but the 21-year-old still has plenty of time to develop into a dependable checking forward.
A QMJHL product who needs to bulk up a bit, Chaput has shown the potential to be a solid two-way center who can anchor a checking line and supply a bit of offense. He's likely a couple of years away from threatening for a spot on the NHL roster, though.
Chaput spent his last year in the QMJHL working on his defense and secondary skills without losing any of his offensive touch, and as a result he's turned himself into an intriguing two-way center prospect who could be a third line fixture in a couple of years.
The Flyers took Chaput 88th overall this past June, and the 18-year old has a ways to go before reaching the parent club. He reports being 100 percent healthy after undergoing shoulder surgery a year ago.