24-Year-Old Center – Columbus Blue Jackets
Michael Chaput Contract Information:
Signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Blue Jackets in July 2015. Deal is worth $650,000 at the NHL level.
Chaput was recalled from AHL Lake Erie on an emergency basis Saturday.
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Chaput made his NHL debut last season, but managed just one assist in 17 games for Columbus. His numbers in Springfield were very good (19 goals and 45 points in 55 games), and his size and well-rounded game could find a home on a bottom-six line down the road, but in the short term he'll likely continue act as minor league depth for the Jackets.
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.