Blue Jackets Prospect Alexandre Texier Caps Huge Cleveland Monsters Weekend with Three-Game Goal Scoring Streak

By Dan Dukart on March 25, 2019 at 10:15 am
Alexandre Texier celebrates with Mark Letestu after scoring for the Cleveland Monsters

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Alexandre Texier has made quite an impression for himself in four games with the Cleveland Monsters.

The Blue Jackets prospect, who came to AHL Cleveland after an impressive season with KalPa of the Liiga, Finland's top professional league, scored in all three games this weekend for the Monsters, as they went 3-0-0 and are now in a playoff position.

The 19-year old Frenchman was held without a point in his AHL debut, but has been prevalent on the scoresheet in the three games since. On Friday night, he scored his first AHL goal on a one-timer on the power play, and followed that up with a three-point game in his third career AHL game. 

On Sunday, he scored again, as the Monsters climbed into a playoff spot. 

Texier has more in his toolbox than being just a goal scorer, and has added two assists. It's an incredibly small sample size, but his 1.25 points/game is tops on the Monsters

His creativity is something that separates him from his peers. The below video evidences that, and it didn't even result in a goal.

It's safe to say that Texier has exceeded expectations in his limited showing in Cleveland this season. The obvious question now is: should Texier be called up by the Blue Jackets, who could use a spark for their anemic offense. 

It's the kind of question that wouldn't have even been remotely considered a few weeks ago, when Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel were brought in to supplement an already-strong lineup with a formidable top line and plenty of depth scoring. 

But after showing well at the AHL level (consider: Eric Robinson is on the NHL roster with much less impressive point-producing statistics), it's a question at least worth asking. Obviously, Texier's AHL career is an incredibly limited sample size, and Blue Jackets brass will almost certainly choose to keep Texier playing in the AHL. The Monsters are in a playoff race of their own, and it's not in their interest to overwhelm the kid. Still, Blue Jackets management knows it's 100% more important for the big club to make the playoffs than their AHL affiliate, and if they believe Texier can help the Blue Jackets, he'll be in Columbus.

Texier has exceeded expectations continually since being drafted by Columbus with the 45th pick in the 2017 draft. Most likely, Texier was expected to play in Liiga for a few years before coming to the AHL, adjusting to the North American style of play, before having a shot at breaking in with the Blue Jackets.

It appears that schedule has been accelerated. Could he play in Columbus this season? Don't bet on it, but crazier things have happened.  

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