2008-09: Jonathan Marchessault was one of seven players for the Quebec Remparts to finish with 50 or more points in his second QMJHL season. In 62 regular season games he scored 18 goals with 35 assists and was plus-31 with 75 penalty minutes. The Remparts finished first in the East Division with the QMJHL’s third-best mark and reached the playoff semifinals. Marchessault scored 2 goals with 4 assists and was plus-two with 10 penalty minutes in 14 playoff games.
2009-10: One of three players to skate in all 68 games for Quebec in his third season with the Remparts, Marchessault finished as the team’s third-leading scorer. He scored 30 goals with 41 assists and was plus-24 with 54 penalty minutes. Quebec finished first in the East Division and reached the playoff quarterfinals. Marchessault scored 3 goals with 11 assists and was plus-one with 14 penalty minutes in nine playoff games.
2010-11: Marchessault has a big season for Quebec as a 20-year-old – leading the Remparts in scoring and being selected to the QMJHL’s first all star team. He scored 40 goals with 55 assists, skating in all 68 games, and was plus-33 with 41 penalty minutes. He was particularly dangerous on the power play, scoring 10 of his goals with the man-advantage. After again finishing first in the East Division, the Remparts reached the playoff semifinals. Despite not reaching the finals, Marchessault led all playoff scorers in assists (22) and points (33).
2011-12: Undrafted despite his scoring exploits in junior hockey, Marchessault was invited to training camp by the New York Rangers and signed to an AHL contract by their affiliate Connecticut. He had a great rookie season in professional hockey and he and Connecticut Whale teammate Mats Zuccarello were selected to play in the 2012 AHL All Star Classic. Marchessault finished the year with 24 goals and 40 assists – sharing the Whale’s point lead with veteran Kris Newbury – and was tenth in the AHL in scoring. Connecticut reached the playoffs after finishing second in the Northeast Division and advanced to the second round. In nine playoff games, Marchessault netted four goals and was minus-one with 26 penalty minutes.
2012-13: Signed to a three-year entry-level contract by Columbus in July, Marchessault made his NHL debut in late January, playing in two games for the Blue Jackets. He was the leading scorer for Columbus AHL affiliate Springfield. Marchessault had no points nor penalty minutes and was -1, averaging 11 minutes of ice time, in his two-game stint with the Blue Jackets. He led the Falcons in goals (21) and assists (46) and was +20 with 65 penalty minutes in 74 AHL games. Springfield finished first in the Northeast Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. In eight playoff games Marchessault had 3 assists and was -2 with 8 penalty minutes.
Marchessault isn’t the most talented winger on the ice, but what he lacks in size and pure skill he makes up for with his gritty style of play. He has always been a pass first player and is well on his way to becoming a playmaker in the NHL.
The quick Quebec product hasn’t had less than 50 points since his first year in junior hockey playing for the Quebec Remparts. His consistency earned him his NHL debut, but after two games the 22-year-old returned to the AHL. A good training camp could give Marchessault a spot on Columbus’ roster.
Marchessault was dealt along with Dalton Smith by the Columbus Blue Jackets to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for Matt Taormina and Dana Tyrell at the 2014 NHL Trade Deadline.