Stefan Chaput
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Stefan Chaput

Hometown:

Ile Bizard Quebec

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1988-03-11

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2006

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

Free agent signing, 2012

Weight:

190 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2004-05: Stefan Chaput was selected in the third round of the 2004 QMJHL Draft out of West Island. He was a late cut in Lewiston's training camp, but did see occasional spot duty scoring 2 goals with 3 assists in eight games. Saw limited ice time in in 8 playoff games with Lewiston netting 1 assist and 2 PIM.

2005-06: Chaput made the squad out of training camp in his second attempt, catching a spot on the third line. With tenacity, hard work, and offensive skills he moved rapidly up the depth charts and by mid-season was a regular contributor on the second line and played on both the power play and on the penalty kill. In 69 regular season games he scored 19 goals with 29 assists and 44 PIM and was a +10 while playing a hard hitting, tireless brand of hockey. In six playoff games with the Maineacs he had 1 assist and was -2.  Chaput was chosen in the fifth round, 153rd overall, of the 2006 NHL Draft by the Carolina Hurricanes.

2006-07: Surgery for an undisclosed injury over the summer forced Chaput to miss Carolina's prospect camp and most of the early season but after getting going had another strong season playing alongside Stefano Giliati (TOR) with the Maineacs. In 57 regular season games he scored 17 goals with 29 assists and was +10. Chaput was very good for Lewiston as they breezed through the QMJHL playoffs, losing just once in 17 games. He scored 6 goals with 5 assists – scoring twice on the power play.

2007-08: While things did not go as wellfrom a team standpoint in Lewiston, as the Maineacs lost in the first round of the playoffs to Cape Breton after finishing fifth in the East during the season, Chaput had his best season offensively in his third full season with Lewiston. In 62 regular season games, he scored 33 goals with 36 and was +16 while accumulating 56 PIM. Chaput was particularly lethal on the power play, scoring 14 times and had six game-winners. In the six game series with Cape Breton, he scored twice with an assist and received 12 PIM while finishing +2. He also made his pro hockey debut, playing one regular season game with Albany in the AHL.

2008-09: Started his first season of pro hockey well with the AHL River Rats, scoring 4 goals, three of which came on the power play,  with 7 assists in his first 15 games. Chaput suffered a season-ending hip injury in December that required major surgery and kept him out of the lineup for the remainder of the year.

2009-10: After playing well in the Traverse City Prospects tournament began what was essentially his "rookie" season with Albany after missing so much time in 2008-09. In 75 regular season games, he scored 10 goals with 28 assists good for fifth on the team. His play in the defensive zone and in transition was spotty at times and is an area he will need to address to move to the next level. Chaput saw limited time in the playoffs for the River Rats, with one assist in two games and was -2.

2010-11: After spending the first two years of his pro career with Albany (AHL) in Carolina's organization, Chaput played with three different AHL clubs in 2010-11. After opening the season and playing 20 games with Carolina's new AHL affiliate in Charlotte, he was traded to Anaheim for forward Ryan Carter. The Ducks assigned him to Syracuse, where he played 27 games. Chaput was dealt to the Boston Bruins from Anaheim as part of a four-player deal on the eve of the 2011 NHL trade deadline and played 15 games for Providence. In 62 games between the three clubs he scored 6 goals with 11 assists and was +1 with 9 PMs. Statistically, Chaput was at his best in the 15 games with the Providence Bruins – finishing +6 after having negative plus/minus ratings with both Syracuse and Charlotte. His 3 goals and 4 assists with Providence was also his most consistent offensive output of the season.

2011-12: A nagging hip problem limited Chaput to 11 games in his first full season in the Bruins organization. Playing for the Bruins' AHL affiliate Providence, he scored 4 goals with 1 assist and was plus-one with 4 penalty minutes. Providence missed the AHL playoffs; finishing fourth in the Atlantic Division. He was not tendered a qualifying offer by the Bruins in June and signed an AHL contract with Hamilton in August 2012.

 

Talent Analysis

Chaput is full of energy on the ice and must hit regularly, which he enjoys doing, to be effective. He is a strong skater with a good nose for the net, and is willing to work hard in the trenches to create plays. A tenacious fore-checker and responsible back-checker, Chaput can be a valuable defensive forward. Must work to give fits to the opposition’s top players and playing hard on the penalty kill, as he did in juniors, to have a shot at the next level.


 

Future

Chaput signed an AHL acontract with the Hamilton Bulldogs, and appears to be a longshot for an NHL career.

 

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