There aren't a ton of commuters who go to work in Kuopio, Finland, and then in Rockford, Ill., two days later, but Alexandre Texier has entered a stretch where his normal isn't a normal normal.
About 48 hours after playing his last game in Europe, the Blue Jackets' second-round pick in the 2017 draft made his North American debut on Saturday night as the CBJ's top farm team, the Cleveland Monsters, played a road game at Rockford.
It wasn't the result the Monsters wanted - they lost 3-2 in overtime - or likely the debut Texier had dreamed of. He had zero points, two shots on goal, and was on the ice when the Ice Hogs scored the game-winning goal in the extra frame.
But down the road, that likely won't mean as much. The game in the long run was another step for the high-scoring French forward, who at 19 has come to North America to continue his development with hopes of joining the Blue Jackets down the road.