Samuel Girard

by niko on September 7, 2017

Samuel Girard, D

Shoots: L

Height: 5-10

Weight: 161

Born: 1998-05-12

Hometown:  Roberval, QC, CAN

Drafted: Undrafted – 47th overall in the second round of the 2016 draft by Nashville

Observations:

September 2017 – The Roberval native continued to post impressive numbers in the QMJHL this past season. In 59 games he scored nine goals and added 66 assists for a total of 75 points. That’s one point more in 8 games less than he had in the previous season with the Shawinigan Cataractes. Girard also played six regular season games and two playoff games with the Milwaukee Admirals.  During his brief stint in the AHL, he scored a goal and had a minus-7 rating. Most of his points are primary assists and a large chunk of them came on the powerplay.

The way the Predators play fits well with Girard’s strengths. An elite skater with great vision and poise. He has the ability to transition the puck extremely well with his near-perfect passing. His shot needs more work, which at the moment is average at best.

Many players tear it up in the juniors but fail in taking the next step and continue their scoring ways in the pro-level. One thing that works in favor of Girard, is the team that drafted him. The Predators aren’t afraid to give him a chance since they have been drafting smaller, skilled defenders in the past with success. Niko Salminen

 

November 2016 – The Predators prospect is leading the QMJHL in defence scoring early in the season in his post draft year. He is a modern day NHL defenceman in that he excels at transitional offence. Girard makes precise breakout passes, leads and joins the rush frequently and uses his vision and anticipation to read plays and intercept the oppositions breakout passes as well. He has excellent skating ability which gives him an advantage in junior with his acceleration and mobility. Girard has very good edge work on his skates and makes the spin-o-rama move look easy. It is a maneuver he used frequently in my viewing and his puck control skills were very noticeable. While he pushes the pace of the play well offensively, he still makes some soft plays defensively. He seems to always be on the ice, unless it is a penalty kill. Tremendous fantasy upside, but a lot of work is needed on his game to play at the NHL level yet. Peter Harling

 

July 2016 – A lot of scouts have varying opinions on Girard and if he will be an NHL defenceman. The reasons why he could are he is an elite offensive defenceman who scored 74 points in 67 games in his draft year. His passing ability, offensive vision and ability to run a power play are all exceptional. Where the doubt comes in is in regards to his size and defensive liability. With players such as Ryan Ellis playing a similar style at the same size and the NHL becoming more accepting of smaller players I am not as worried about the size. At 18 years old, he may not be done growing and he is not afraid to play a physical game. The modern day NHL defenceman must be able to transition the puck to offence and Girard seems qualified to either make precise breakout passes or lead or join the rush as a fourth forward. Girard may eventually turn out to be the best defenceman from the 2016 draft from a fantasy perspective. Peter Harling

 

 

Fantasy Outlook: B-

Girard will play one more year in the juniors and should arrive in the NHL at the start of the 2017-2018 season. Top-four defender with high offensive upside.

 

 

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