2010-11: Julien Pelletier played in the hockey program at the Nicolas-Gatineau school in Quebec.
2011-12: Pelletier skated for the Gatineau L’Intrepide midget AAA team. In 39 games he scored 6 goals with 18 assists and 44 penalty minutes. Gatineau finished third in the CCM Division. Pelletier scored 1 goal with 4 assists in six playoff games. He was selected by Cape Breton in the third round (39th overall) of the 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft.
2012-13: Pelletier appeared in seven QMJHL games with Cape Breton and was a team captain for the Gatineau L’Intrepide. He scored 1 goal and was minus-4 with 2 penalty minutes in his brief time with the Screaming Eagles. Pelletier was the second-leading scorer for Gatineau; which finished with the worst record in Quebec AAA hockey. He led the team with 23 goals and had 20 assists with 44 penalty minutes in 34 games.
2013-14: Pelletier was one of the top rookies in the QMJHL in his first season with Cape Breton. He scored 25 goals with 25 assists and was minus-8 with 28 penalty minutes in 67 regular season games for the Screaming Eagles. Cape Breton finished second in the Maritimes Division before being swept by the Gatineau Olympiques in the playoffs. In four playoff games Pelletier scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was minus-4 with 2 penalty minutes. He was ranked 62nd amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Columbus in the fourth round (107th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.
2014-15: Pelletier attended his first NHL training camp with Columbus and skated for the Blue Jackets’ entry in the Traverse City rookie tournament before returning to Cape Breton for his second QMJHL season. He played for the QMJHL all-stars in the Subway Series against Russia and skated in 26 games with the Screaming Eagles before being traded to Rouyn-Noranda in exchange for goalie Alexandre Belanger and a third-round pick in 2014-15 in January. In 53 regular season games with the two clubs he scored 10 goals with 19 assists and was -21 with 20 penalty minutes. The Huskies finished fourth in the West Division, falling to Val-d’Or in a first round playoff series. Pelletier had 4 assists and was -1 with 2 penalty minutes in six playoff games. The Sherbrooke Phoenix acquired Pelletier from the Huskies for the 2015-16 in a trade at the the QMJHL Draft in June.
2015-16: Pelletier skated for the Sherbrook Phoenix in his third QMJHL season. His 27 goals were second to Guillaume Gauthier (38) amongst Phoenix skaters. He has 18 assists and was -22 with 48 penalty minutes in 60 regular season games. Sherbrooke finished fifth in the West Division, facing East Division regular season champ Shawinigan in a first-round playoff series.
Pelletier is an average-sized player who consistently makes smart decisions on the ice, especially in the offensive zone. He has a knack for getting the jump on defenders and surprising them, affording himself the chance to either release his quick wrister or set up one of his teammates. Still rounding out the rest of his game, Pelletier will only become more dangerous as he gets quicker and stronger.
Pelletier skated for his third QMJHL team in is many years in 2015-16, playing for the Sherbrooke Phoenix. Second on the team with 27 goals, he is an offensively-inclined forward who is still a work in progress when it comes to positional play. Pelletier was not signed by Columbus and will re-enter the 2016 NHL Draft. His offensive skill set suggests some NHL potential but he is equally likely to play out his career in the AHL or in Europe.