After five years of service in the Western Hockey League in Saskatoon and Prince George this 6-0/185 boy has evolved into 6-0/216 man. After being drafted in the 7th round in 1999 Christian has stormed out of the gate the following year and posted very respectable numbers in the 1999-00 season. Even with being traded from Saskatoon to Prince George he managed 18 goals and
38 assists in 68 games while serving 64 minutes in the box.
Not to be out done this season by highly toated fellow teammate Dan Hamhuis, he leads all defenseman with 57 points in 51 games which is tied for first on the team with centerman Blake Robson. At the ripe old age of twenty Christian Chartier is looking forward to next seasons training camp to show the Oilers organization he is ready to take the step, inform the rest of the league that leaving him until the 7th round was a grave mistake. The added 20 pounds to his frame since draft day has helped give the confidence to become a more well rounded player on both sides of the ice. With such mass on a short body he will make life difficult for forwards trying gain position on him in front of the net. Time will only tell how he fairs against Ryan Smith, Mike Grier and Ethan Moreau during training camp when they set up shop in front of the net. If he passes that difficult test he will most likely split time in Edmonton and their farm team gaining valueable experience.
For Christian the four dragons that must be slain for him to take a regular shift with the Bronze and Blue next season are the ability to make safe plays in his own end, show mobility bringing the puck out of the defensive zone and tying up forward barring down on him coming over the blue line and in front of the net.
If he succeeds in his quest Christian could be the new knight that guards the Sky Reach Center.