Alexandre Grenier
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Alexandre Grenier

Hometown:

Laval Quebec

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1991-05-09

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2009

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2011

Height:

6-5

Acquired:

3rd round (90th overall), 2011

Weight:

200 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2008-09: Alexandre Grenier missed much of the season due to injury – skating in two games for the Saint-Jerome Panthers in the Quebec AAA Junior Hockey League.

2009-10: Grenier was the fourth-leading scorer for the Saint-Jerome Panthers in his first full season with the club. In 51 games he scored 26 goals with 28 assists and 63 PMs. The Panthers finished fourth in the 14-team league. In seven playoff games Grenier scored 1 goal with 3 assists and 2 PMs.

2010-11: Grenier joined the QMJHL’s Quebec Remparts in mid-season after starting the season with the Saint-Jerome Panthers. In 31 regular season contests as a 19-year-old rookie with the Remparts he scored 9 goals with 15 assists and was -1 with 6 PMs. After finishing first in the East during the regular season Quebec reached the QMJHL semifinals. Grenier was one of four Remparts to score at a point-per-game pace in the playoffs, finishing with 8 goals and 8 assists in 15 playoff games, and was +4 with 4 PMs.

2011-12: Grenier attended camp with the Canucks before returning to the QMJHL for an overage season.  Obtained by Halifax from Quebec over the summer, he was the second leading scorer for the Mooseheads with 25 goals and 39 assists in 64 regular season games and was minus-two with 42 penalty minutes. Ten of his 25 goals were scored on the power play. After finishing second to league champion Saint John in the Maritimes Division, Halifax reached the playoff semifinals. Grenier scored 4 goals with 12 assists in 17 playoff games and was minus-two with 19 penalty minutes. He was tendered a contract offer by the Canucks in June 2012 before signing to play with EC Red Bull in Austria.

2012-13: Grenier returned to North America in January after spending most of the NHL lockout in Austria; signing an AHL contract and playing four games with Vancouver affiliate Chicago. He had 31 points in 37 games for the ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings. Grenier was -1 with no points and 2 penalty minutes with the Wolves, who missed the AHL playoffs. He scored 10 goals with 21 assists for Kalamazoo and was +2 with 51 penalty minutes. Grenier played in 25 games for Salzburg EC in Austria, scoring 5 goals with 8 assists and 21 penalty minutes. Grenier signed a three-year entry-level contract with Vancouver in April 2013. 

2013-14: Grenier skated for Canucks AHL affiliate Utica in his second pro season. He scored 17 goals with 22 assists and was -12 with 56 penalty minutes in 68 regular season games. The Comets finished third in the North Division, four points out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference. 

2014-15: Grenier matched his goal total from 2013-14, netting 17 while adding 26 assists for 43 points in 67 games. In 23 playoff games with Utica he added another six goals and nine assists. Overall he had a very successful minor pro season and will be looking to build off that success.

Talent Analysis

Grenier is a late bloomer who combines size, skating ability and offensive skill into an attractive package. Despite not breaking into the QMJHL until he was 19-years-old, Grenier is surprisingly mobile for his size and has shown steady improvement at the AHL level. He has the vision and offensive ability to either set up a goal or score one himself and has become more effective as he continues to grow into his frame, add strength and use his body effectively.

Future
Grenier signed a one year contract extension in July 2015 and will attend training camp in the fall. In all likelihood he will spend the year with the Utica Comets and be counted on to produce offense as he has in the past. May be a top candidate for call up duty with the Canucks. Long-term Grenier's size and skating ability, combined with decent hands and an ability to read the play, suggest he can be a successful two-way forward at the NHL level one day.

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