2011-12: Alexis Vanier skated for the College Charles-Lemoyne Riverains in Quebec in his first season of midget AAA hockey. He scored 4 goals with 10 assists and had 110 penalty minutes in 34 games. The Riverains finished fourth in the Reebok Division. Vanier was selected by Baie-Comeau in the first round (13th overall) of the 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft.
2012-13: Vanier made his QMJHL debut as a 16-year-old with Baie-Comeau. He had 8 assists and was +9 with 66 penalty minutes in 53 regular season games on a veteran Drakkar defense corps. Baie-Comeau finished first in the East Division and reached the QMJHL Finals against Memorial Cup champion Halifax. Vanier played in six of 18 playoff games; finishing with an even plus/minus, no points, and 2 penalty minutes.
2013-14: Vanier displayed an offensive component to his game; scoring at a point-per-game pace for Baie-Comeau in his second QMJHL season. Vanier skated for the QMJHL in the 2013 Subway Series against Russia and was selected to play for Team Cherry in the 2014 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.
A revelation in his draft year, Vanier has always had impressive size and no hesitation to use it. He's now paired that with scoring success, as his thunderous point shot often finds the back of the net. Hampered by a shoulder injury in the second half that eventually ended his playoff experience early, Vanier is still a raw talent. As he continues to round out his game, one of the main areas he needs to improve is his mobility, specifically his first few steps.