2007-08: Michael Chaput was drafted in the first round (9th overall) of the 2008 QMJHL Draft by the Lewiston MAINEiacs.
2008-09: In his QMJHL rookie season, Chaput played 29 games for the MAINEiacs. He scored 3 goals and added 7 assists for 10 points to go along with 34 penalty minutes. Michael is the brother of Stefan Chaput (CAR).
2009-10: Chaput played in 68 games for the Lewiston MAINEiacs, scoring 28 goals and adding 27 assists for 55 points. He added on 60 penalty minutes for the season. In 4 playoff games, he picked up 1 assist.
2010-11: Chaput was the second-leading scorer for the Lewiston MAINEiacs in his third QMJHL season. he scored 25 goals with 34 assists and was +23 with 97 PMs in 62 games as the MAINEiacs finished second in the East Division and advanced to the third round of the playoffs. Chaput tied for the team lead in playoff scoring despite missing two games – finishing with 7 goals and 13 assists. Columbus obtained the rights to Chaput in February 2011 in a trade deadline deal with the Flyers.
2011-12: Chaput joined the Shawinigan Cataractes to start the season and he flourished. He scored 21 goals and 42 assists in only 57 games and had a plus 39 rating. In the playoffs he was just above a point-per-game pace with 12 points (four goals and eight assists) in 11 games.
2012-13: Signed to an entry-level three-year contract by the Blue Jackets in April 2012, Chaput skated in 73 games for Columbus AHL affiliate Springfield as a 20-year-old. He scored 13 goals with 19 assists and was -2 with 57 penalty minutes. Springfield finished first in the Northeast Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. In eight playoff games Chaput scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was -3 with 4 penalty minutes.
The younger brother of Carolina prospect Stefan Chaput may be a bit more offensively savvy than his older sibling, but they share the ability to contribute at both ends of the ice. Though not overly physical and needing additional strength, Chaput shows a knack for sneaking through traffic and finding open ice. He is great in the face-off dot and has the ability to lead a team to victory.
This season could be huge for Chaput. He only had half a season playing a premiere role with Springfield because the lockout flushed many NHL ready prospects into the AHL. This year will be different and will result in the Montreal product seeing more ice time, especially on the power play.