Audy-Marchessault Gets Called Up After AHL All-Star Game

audymarchessaultFor anyone who’s covered the AHL All-Star Game over the past few years, Jonathan Audy-Marchessault grew up right before your very eyes.

Back when the the 2012 AHL All-Star Game was held in Atlantic City, he was a little-known, but exciting prospect in the New York Rangers system.  Signed to an AHL deal after his QMJHL career with the Quebec Ramparts had come to an end, Audy-Marchessault tied with Kris Newbury for the Connecticut Whale’s team-lead in scoring with 64 points and was a hot commodity on the free agent market this season.

Much like Tim Erixon, who was also summoned to Columbus following the 2013 AHL All-Star Game in Providence, the 22-year-old is another former Rangers farmhand who will find himself wearing a Blue Jackets jersey.  This year, expectations were high.  And after another strong campaign in the AHL — he tallied 16 goals and added 29 assists in just 42 games with the Springfield Falcons — he’s finally earned his first look in the NHL.

The Trentonian spoke one-on-one with the Quebec City native in Providence on Sunday, just before he played what many are thinking could have been his last AHL game.

“I think I’m getting there, I’m only 22 years old,” he said.  “I want to be better and be more complete as a player so I can be ready when I get up.  I want to improve in every facet of the game, so hopefully I’ll get that call-up.”

He, of course, didn’t have to wait as long as he might have thought.  But still, he says he was working on becoming a more consistent player for however long he was going to be in Springfield.

“I want to be able to bring it to every game,” he said.  “Every game is important, the points are important for our team.  If I can bring it every game, that would be great for me.”

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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