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2023 CBJ Top 25 Under 25: James Malatesta made strides before being named QMJHL playoff MVP

Thanks to the 79 readers who submitted ballots in this year’s ranking of Columbus Blue Jackets players under the age of 25. Stay tuned over the next six weeks as we count down the top 25.

#18 James Malatesta


18th out of 45 eligible players
Writer Rank: 18
Reader Rank: 18
Highest placement: 5 (1 vote)
Most common placement: 19 (9 votes)
2022 Rank: 27


Birthdate: May 31, 2003
Birthplace: Montreal, QC, CAN
Height: 5’9″
Weight: 190 lbs
Position: Left Wing / Center
Shoots: Left
Acquired: 2021 5th round 133rd overall pick

2022-23 Season

James Malatesta returned to the QMJHL for the 22-23 season, playing 55 games for the Quebec Ramparts.