Samuel Girard
Samuel Girard
21-Year-Old DefensemanD
Colorado Avalanche
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Girard is locked in as a top-pairing defenseman for the Avalanche. Last season, the Quebec native converted four goals on 116 shots, and he supplied 23 assists -- including nine on the power play. An upper-body injury limited Girard in the playoffs, but he found his way once he had the chance to partner with rookie sensation Cale Makar in the conference semifinal series against the Sharks. Since Tyson Barrie has taken his talents to Toronto, this figures to be the year that Girard averages more than 20 minutes of ice time. There should be a lot of attention on the 21-year-old since he procured a seven-year, $35 million contract, but consider taking the bait if it looks like he'll slip to the late rounds of fantasy drafts. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a seven-year, $35 million contract extension with the Avalanche in July of 2019.
Fires power-play goal
DColorado Avalanche
November 9, 2019
Girard scored a power-play goal in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Blue Jackets.
ANALYSIS
The defenseman's tally tied the game at one at 15:06 of the first period. Girard had gone without a point in four games entering Saturday. The 21-year-old is up to seven points in 17 games while holding down a top-pairing and first power-play unit assignment. He's added 25 shots on goal and 24 blocked shots this year.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    21:52
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    3:00
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:09
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2017–18
17:42
2:14
0:01
2017–18
16:55
1:24
0:05
2018–19
19:54
2:02
0:08
2019–20
21:52
3:00
0:09
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
Part of a blockbuster deal that sent Matt Duchene to the Senators last season, Girard immediately stepped into a contributing role for the Avalanche in 2017-18. The rookie dished out 17 assists in his first NHL campaign, adding three goals of his own to finish the campaign with 20 points. His minus-8 rating suggests Girard has some work to do on the defensive end of the ice, but the 20-year-old should continue to round out the edges as he develops. He remains a key contributor on the power play, where he notched 12 of his points last season. That will likely remain central to his production in 2018-19.
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Records minus-2 rating
DColorado Avalanche
November 1, 2019
Girard posted a minus-2 rating and two hits during a 2-1 loss against the Stars on Friday.
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Records third assist
DColorado Avalanche
October 18, 2019
Girard posted an assist with a minus-2 rating, one shot on net and one hit during a 5-4 overtime victory against the Panthers on Friday.
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Receiving more playing time
DColorado Avalanche
October 14, 2019
Girard has two assists and six shots on net in four games to open the 2019-20 season.
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Lands long-term extension
DColorado Avalanche
July 31, 2019
Girard agreed to terms on a seven-year, $35 million contract extension with Colorado on Wednesday.
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Tallies assist
DColorado Avalanche
May 8, 2019
Girard had an assist, two hits, two blocked shots and a plus-2 rating in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Sharks in Game 7.
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