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.
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.
ANALYSIS
Girard will play this season under the final year of his entry-level deal, which means the organization has locked him up through the 2026-27 campaign. The blueliner featured in all 82 games last season, in which he set career highs in goals (four), assists (23) and shots (116). The 21-year-old also saw time on the power play and could be in line for an uptick in minutes following the departure of Tyson Barrie to Toronto.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    19:54
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    2:02
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:08
 
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
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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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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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Records assist
DColorado Avalanche
April 30, 2019
Girard picked up an assist in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Sharks in Game 3.
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Pairs with Cale Makar
DColorado Avalanche
April 29, 2019
Girard paired with Cale Makar for Sunday's Game 2 win over the Sharks, Ron Knabenbauer of NHL.com reports. They combined to have nine shots, five on goal.
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Will play in Game 1
DColorado Avalanche
April 25, 2019
Girard (upper body) will dress for Friday's Game 1 against the Sharks, Adrian Dater of BSN Denver reports.
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Looking good for Round 2
DColorado Avalanche
Upper Body
April 24, 2019
According to Avalanche coach Jared Bednar, Girard (upper body) didn't practice Wednesday, but he has a "good chance" of being healthy for the conference semifinals, Rick Sadowski of NHL.com reports.
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