Rourke Chartier
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Rourke Chartier

Hometown:

Victoria British Columbia

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1996-08-17

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2014

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2014

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

5th round (149th overall), 2014

Weight:

180 lbs.

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History

2010-11: Rourke Chartier played in eight games, including one playoff game, with the Saskatoon Contacts midget AAA team and played for the Saskatoon Generals bantam team. He scored 2 goals with 4 penalty minutes in seven regular season games for the Contacts and scored 1 goal with 1 assist in his only playoff game. Chartier was selected by Kelowna in the first round (15th overall) of the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft.

2011-12: Chartier was the second-leading scorer for the Saskatchewan champion Saskatoon Contacts midget team that won a bronze medal at the 2013 Telus Cup. He skated for Team Saskatchewan in the 2011 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup tournament. Chartier scored 23 goals with 34 assists and 14 penalty minutes in 42 regular season games and had 8 goals with 5 assists and 2 penalty minutes in 13 SMHL playoff games. He scored 7 goals with 3 assists and 4 penalty minutes in seven games at the Telus Cup. Chartier had 4 assists skating for Team Saskatchewan in the WCCC.

2012-13: Chartier played in 58 regular season games and three playoff contests for Kelowna in his first WHL season and played for Canada Western in the 2013 U17 World Junior Challenge. He scored 13 goals with 17 assists and was +16 with 8 penalty minutes during the regular season. The Rockets finished second in the B.C. Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Chartier appeared in three playoff games with no points or penalties. He scored 1 goal with 2 assists and 2 penalty minutes in five games for Canada Western.

013-14: Chartier played for Canada’s gold medal-winning U18 team at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament before returning to Kelowna for his second WHL season. He skated in all 72 regular season games and scored 24 goals with 34 assists, finishing +26 with 8 penalty minutes. Kelowna had the WHL’s best record during the regular season and reached the Western Conference finals, falling to Portland. Chartier scored 6 goals with 6 assists and was +3 with 2 penalty minutes in 14 playoff games.

2014-15: Chartier was third in the WHL and led Kelowna with 48 goals in his third WHL season, trailing only Oliver Bjorkstrand (63) and Cole Sandford (50). The Rockets captured the league title and advanced to the Memorial Cup championship game. Kelowna’s second-leading scorer behind Arizona prospect Nick Merkley, Chartier had 34 assists and was +33 with 18 penalty minutes in 58 regular season games. The Rockets finished first in the B.C. Division and defeated Brandon in the WHL finals. Chartier scored 13 goals with 7 assists and was +13 with 2 penalty minutes in 16 playoff games. He scored 2 goals with 2 assists and was +3 in five games at the Memorial Cup.  Kelowna reached the final, falling 2-1 in overtime to Oshawa. Chartier signed a three-year entry-level contract with San Jose in December 2014.

Talent Analysis

Chartier has flown under the radar a bit as a prospect before exploding for 48 goals in his third season of junior hockey in 2014-15 — primarily skating on a line with Nick Merkley (Arizona) and Tyrell Goulbourne (Philadelphia). Not particularly gifted in any one area, he can play all over the ice and has improved in all aspects of his game. He is not expected to put up the same type of offensive numbers at the pro level and does not play a particularly abrasive numbers but his hockey sense is significant, suggesting he could carve out an NHL role one day.

Future

Chartier will compete for a roster spot with the Sharks as a 19-year-old. Barring any surprises he will return to Kelowna for his fourth season with the Rockets in 2015-16. He is a candidate to skate for Canada in the 2016 World Junior Championship. Long-term, Chartier's scoring ability and offensive talents suggest he can be a consistent scorer in the NHL in the future.

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