2010-11: Julien Nantel was one of the top players in Montreal metropolitan area Bantam AA hockey skating for Laval.
2011-12: Nantel skated in Quebec’s midget AAA league as a 15-year-old; playing 40 games for the Laval-Montreal Rousseau Royal. He scored 11 goals with 17 assists and had 8 penalty minutes. Nantel was selected by Rouyn-Noranda in the second round (30th overall) of the 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft.
2012-13: Nantel made his QMJHL debut — appearing in four games with Rouyn-Noranda — and was a key player for Laval-Montreal as the Royal won a bronze medal at the 2013 Telus Cup. He was the lone midget AAA player to skate for Canada Quebec at the 2013 U17 World Hockey Challenge. Nantel appeared in one December game and three February contests with the Huskies; scoring 1 goal and finishing -1. He scored 19 goals with 21 assists and had 18 penalty minutes in 36 regular season games and was the MVP of the QMAAA playoffs after scoring 6 goals with 11 assists and 6 penalty minutes in 17 playoff games. In seven games at the Telus Cup he scored 5 goals with 5 assists and 2 penalty minutes. Nantel scored 1 goal with 4 penalty minutes in six games at the WHC.
2013-14: Nantel joined Rouyn-Noranda for his first full QMJHL season; skating on a talented Huskies team that was sitting in fifth in the competitive West Division in February. In his first 53 games he scored 12 goals with 17 assists and was +4 with 16 penalty minutes. Nantel was ranked 50th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings prior to the 2014 NHL Draft.
Nantel only knows one speed to play the game at, and that is top gear. Going all out, all the time allows him to contribute at both ends of the ice. His offensive production comes primarily thanks to his tenacity and hard work, although he has a quick release and the on-ice intelligence to make smart plays. Hard work alone doesn't always guarantee rewards, however, and the challenge for Nantel is to gain consistency and become a more dependable contributor.