Blue Jackets Prospect James Malatesta Wins QMJHL Playoff MVP, Leads Quebec Remparts to League Title and Memorial Cup Birth

By Coby Maeir on May 21, 2023 at 7:46 pm
Columbus Blue Jackets forward James Malatesta (67) shoots against the St. Louis Blues during the first period at Enterprise Center.
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Another Blue Jackets prospect picked up some hardware. 

After Jordan Dumais won the QMJHL's regular season MVP after posting 54-86--140, fellow Jackets prospect James Malatesta won the QMJHL's Playoff MVP, scoring 14-6--20 in 18 games as his Quebec Remparts beat Dumais' Halifax Mooseheads in the QMJHL Final, winning their first league title since 1976 and advance to the Memorial Cup.

Malatesta, the 133rd pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, scored 7-1--8 in the championship series against Halifax including a goal in game six's series-clinching victory. He posted 37-29--66 in 55 games in the regular season as a 19-year-old. 

The Remparts join the WHL-champion Seattle Thunderbirds and the tournament-hosting Kamloops Blazers as teams that have punched their tickets to the Memorial Cup, which begins on Friday in Kamloops, BC. 

Malatesta will look to lead Quebec to its first Memorial Cup title since 2006. 

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