COLUMBUS, OHIO --- The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed right wing Maxime Fortier to a three-year entry level contract, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Fortier is currently playing with the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Fortier, 19, has registered 85 goals and 137 assists for 222 points with 80 penalty minutes in 221 career QMJHL games with the Mooseheads, including 13-14-27, 10 penalty minutes and a +12 plus/minus rating in 19 games this season. He currently ranks third in the QMJHL in goals and points and is tied for fifth in assists.
The 5-10, 184-pound native of Montreal, Quebec made his QMJHL debut in 2013-14 and the following year spent his first full season in the league. After collecting 9-21-30 and 28 PIM in 63 games as a rookie in 2014-15, he has posted back-to-back 30-goal seasons. In 2015-16, he notched 31-46-77 and 22 PIM in 68 games and then set career highs in goals, assists and points with 32-55-87 and 20 PIM in 68 games in 2016-17. The current Halifax team captain led his team in scoring in each of the past two seasons and stood ninth in QMJHL scoring race a year ago.