He's still got a list of things to improve, but French-born center Alexandre Texier is making good progress as a Blue Jackets prospect.
After completing his first season for KalPa in the Finnish league (Liiga), the 18-year old from Grenoble, France recently wrapped up a stint playing for France in the 2018 IIHF Men's World Championship - contributing three assists in seven games and ascending to the role of second-line center.
Tuesday, he took another step toward the NHL by signing a three-year, entry-level contract with the Blue Jackets, whose hockey-operations department has watched him closely this season.
"He's a good playmaker," said general manager Jarmo Kekalainen, who watched Texier in person at the world championship in Copenhagen, Denmark. "He has a good shot, he sees the ice, he's a creative offensive player, a good passer and will be a good center iceman, I think. He needs to work on face-offs, like any European centerman coming over to this side, but I'm sure that he recognizes that as well."