The Columbus Blue Jackets have assigned center Alexandre Texier to the Cleveland Monsters, the club's American Hockey League affiliate, General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.
Texier, 19, recorded 14 goals and 27 assists for 41 points with 36 penalty minutes, five power play goals and 265 shots on goal, while averaging 16:59 of ice time in 55 games with KalPa in Finland's top professional league (Liiga) in 2018-19. He led his club in assists, points and shots and ranked third in goals and power play goals. He also finished second among the league's players 20-years-old or younger in assists and points.
The native of Grenoble, France has registered 27-36-63 with 74 penalty minutes, seven power play goals and 384 shots in 108 career Liiga contests with KalPa. In 2017-18, he was the club's youngest player at age 18 and collected 13-9-22 and 38 penalty minutes in 53 appearances in 2017-18.
The 6-0, 185-pound center was selected by the Blue Jackets in the second round, 45th overall, in the 2017 NHL Draft. He has represented France at various international tournaments, including posting 0-3-3 and 10 penalty minutes in seven contests at the 2018 IIHF World Championships in Denmark. He has also skated in the 2017 and 2018 IIHF World Junior Division 1A Championships.